-ics, -tics [-ac after i]

(Greek: a suffix that forms nouns and is usually used to form names of arts and sciences)

fluid mechanics
The science concerned with fluids, either at rest or in motion, and dealing with pressures, velocities, and accelerations in the fluid, including fluid deformation and compression or expansion.
fluidics, fluidic technology
1. A technology that carries out sensing, control, information processing, and actuation functions with fluid dynamic phenomena rather than mechanical moving parts.
2. The science, or technology, of using tiny jets of a gas or a liquid rather than electronic circuits for sensing, amplifying, or controlling certain functions.
forensic economics (pl) (noun) (a plural form used as either a singular or a plural)
The scientific subject field applying economic theories and methods to affairs within legal frameworks: Forensic economics can cover such areas as the lost value of a business, decreased business profits, the unknown value of a household service, replacement labor costs; and future medical-care costs.
forensic genetics
The branch of genetics that deals with the application of genetic knowledge to legal problems and legal proceedings.

Forensic genetics is also a branch of forensic medicine which more broadly investigates the application of medical knowledge that were applicable to legal matters.

This is not a new field. Long before the era of DNA fingerprinting investigators used blood grouping, HLA typing, and other tests of genetic markers in blood to try to determine who did it (and, more often, who did not do it).

1. The application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system.

This may be in relation to a crime or to a civil action.

2. Of or belonging to a court of law; judcial.

In 1659, it was a shortened form of an earlier forensical.

3. The art or study of formal debate; argumentation; rhetorical.
The branch of biology that deals with heredity; especially, the mechanisms of hereditary transmission and the variations of inherited characteristics among similar or related organisms.
A discipline in genetics (heredity in living organisms) concerning the study of the genomes (modern molecular biology and genetics where the genome is the entirety of an organism's hereditary information) of organisms.
The art of decorating the female knee to make it more erotic.
geoacoustics (s) (noun) (a plural form that functions as a singular)
The use of echo-ranging devices with low-frequency seismographic waves transmitted several miles into the earth's crust to determine the composition and characteristics of the area: "Sam's cousin, Hanson, is a scientist who has developed unique techniques for the use of geoacoustics in his research about the minerals that exist below the surface of the ground."
1. The study and the science that deals with the dynamic processes or forces within the earth's interior.
2. A branch of geophysics which is concerned with measuring, modeling, and interpreting the configurations and the motions of the crust, mantle, and core of the earth.
geoglyph, geoglyphs, geoglyphic, geoglyphics
Any ground-constructed example of rock art; such as, intaglios or rock alignments; straight lines, geometric shapes, and other representative designs found on the desert plain.

Geoglyphs can be formed by piling up materials on the ground surface or by removing surface materials and most suggest a largely ceremonial function.

1. The physics of the earth and its environment, including the physics of fields; such as, meteorology, oceanography, and seismology.
2. The study of the earth by quantitative physical methods; especially, by seismic reflection and refraction, gravity, magnetic, electrical, electromagnetic, and radioactivity methods.
3. The scientific study of the physical characteristics and properties of the solid earth, its air and waters, and its relationship to space phenomena.
4. The science that deals with the weather, winds, tides, earthquakes, etc.; and their effects on the earth.
5. The soils, sediments, and rock layers of the earth's crust, both continental and beneath the ocean floors.

The meaning of the word geophysics is undergoing changes. The classical methods of geophysics are being applied to the planets now that we can reach them.

Seismological techniques are being used to study the interior of the moon, and magnetic field measurements are important probes for the planets.

The name will not change; however, because it is a most encompassing science, ranging from petroleum exploration on the earth to the understanding of the most distant planets.

—Based on words from
"Geophysics" by William A. Nierenberg;
Director Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography;
Dictioinary of Science and Technology; Academic Press;
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers; New York; 1992; page 925.
1. The study of the relationships among politics and geography, demography, and economics; especially, with respect to the foreign policy of a nation.
2. The influence of geographic factors, population distribution, and natural resources on a nation's foreign policy; that is, the efforts of a nation to control a canal, trade route, oil supply, etc.
3. A combination of geographic and political factors relating to or influencing a nation or region.
1. Cultivating plants in earth.
2. The study or science of agriculture.
A reference to the combination of the earth's lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.