natural[nac̸h′ər əl, nac̸h′rəl]
- The definition of natural is formed by nature or instincts.
- An example of natural is the quality of a flower.
- An example of natural is a mother cat's ability to know to nurse her babies.
A flower is something that is natural.
- of or arising from nature; in accordance with what is found or expected in nature
- produced or existing in nature; not artificial or manufactured
- dealing with nature as an object of study: a natural science
- in a state provided by nature, without man-made changes; wild; uncultivated
- of the real or physical world as distinguished from a spiritual, intellectual, or imaginary world
- present by virtue of nature; innate; not acquired
- having certain qualities, abilities, etc. innately: a natural comedian
- innately felt to be right; based on instinctive moral feeling: natural rights
- true to nature; lifelike: a natural likeness
- normal or usual; in the ordinary course of events: a natural outcome
- customarily expected or accepted: a natural courtesy
- free from affectation or artificiality; at ease: a natural smile
- without a legal relationship; specif.,
- illegitimate: a natural child
- relating biologically rather than by adoption: natural parents
- with little or no processing, artificial ingredients or preservatives: natural food
- off-white, light-beige, etc.
- resulting from age, disease, etc. rather than an accident, violence, etc.: a natural death, death from natural causes
- Biol. designating or of a system of classification based on complete structure and characteristics
- designating or of an integer or any number referred to 1 as the base
- designating or of an actual number as distinguished from its logarithm: a natural sine, cosine, etc.
- without flats or sharps, as the key of C major
- modified in pitch by the sign (♮)
- neither sharped nor flatted
Origin of naturalOld French ; from Classical Latin naturalis, by birth, according to nature
- a person without normal intelligence; fool; idiot
- Informal a person who is or seems to be naturally expert
- ☆ Informal a thing that is, or promises to be, immediately successful
- ☆ Informal a winning roll of 7 or 11 on a first throw in craps
- a sign (♮) used to remove the effect of a preceding sharp or flat within the measure in which it occursin full, natural sign
- the note so changed
- a white key on a piano
- a sign (♮) used to remove the effect of a preceding sharp or flat within the measure in which it occurs
- Present in or produced by nature: a natural pearl.
- Of, relating to, or concerning nature: a natural environment.
- Conforming to the usual or ordinary course of nature: a natural death.
- a. Not acquired; inherent: Love of power is natural to some people.b. Having a particular character by nature: a natural leader.c. Biology Not produced or changed artificially; not conditioned: natural immunity; a natural reflex.
- Characterized by spontaneity and freedom from artificiality, affectation, or inhibitions. See Synonyms at naive.
- Not altered, treated, or disguised: natural coloring; natural produce.
- Faithfully representing nature or life.
- Expected and accepted: “In Willie's mind marriage remained the natural and logical sequence to love” (Duff Cooper).
- Established by moral certainty or conviction: natural rights.
- Being in a state regarded as primitive, uncivilized, or unregenerate.
- a. Related genetically: the natural parents of the child.b. Born to parents who have never been married to each other: the natural son of the king.
- Mathematics Of or relating to positive integers, sometimes including zero.
- Music a. Not sharped or flatted.b. Having no sharps or flats.
- a. One having all the qualifications necessary for success: You are a natural for this job.b. One suited by nature for a certain purpose or function: She is a natural at mathematics.
- Music a. The sign (♮) placed before a note to cancel a preceding sharp or flat.b. A note so affected.
- A yellowish gray to pale orange yellow.
- Games A combination in certain card and dice games that wins immediately.
- An Afro hairstyle.
Origin of naturalMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin nātūrālis, from nātūra, nature; see Nature .
(comparative more natural, superlative most natural)
- That exists and evolved within the confines of an ecosystem.
- The species will be under threat if its natural habitat is destroyed.
- Of or relating to nature.
- In the natural world the fit tend to live on while the weak perish.
- Without artificial additives.
- Natural food is healthier than processed food.
- As expected; reasonable.
- It's natural for business to be slow on Tuesdays.
- His prison sentence was the natural consequence of a life of crime.
- (music) Neither sharp nor flat. Denoted ♮.
- The piece is played in C natural.
- (music) Produced by natural organs, such as those of the human throat, in distinction from instrumental music.
- (music) Applied to an air or modulation of harmony which moves by easy and smooth transitions, digressing but little from the original key.
- Without, or prior to, modification or adjustment.
- the natural motion of a gravitating body
- The chairs were all natural oak but the table had a lurid finish.
- So-called second-generation silicone breast implants looked and felt more like the natural breast.
- Having the character or sentiments properly belonging to one's position; not unnatural in feelings.
- (of sexual intercourse) Without a condom.
- We made natural love.
- (now rare) A native inhabitant of a place, country etc. [from 16th c.]
- (music) A note that is not or is no longer to be modified by an accidental, or the symbol ♮ used to indicate such a note. [from 17th c.]
- One with an innate talent at or for something. [from 18th c.]
- He's a natural on the saxophone.
- An almost white colour, with tints of grey, yellow or brown; originally that of natural fabric. [from 20th c.]
- (archaic) One with a simple mind; a fool or idiot.
- (colloquial, chiefly UK) One's natural life.
natural - Computer Definition
A fourth-generation language from Software AG, Reston, VA, that runs on a variety of computers from micro to mainframe.