What does natural mean?

Definitions for natural
ˈnætʃ ər əl, ˈnætʃ rəlnat·u·ral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. naturalnoun

    someone regarded as certain to succeed

    "he's a natural for the job"

  2. natural, cancelnoun

    a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat

  3. naturaladjective

    (craps) a first roll of 7 or 11 that immediately wins the stake

  4. naturaladjective

    in accordance with nature; relating to or concerning nature

    "a very natural development"; "our natural environment"; "natural science"; "natural resources"; "natural cliffs"; "natural phenomena"

  5. naturaladjective

    existing in or produced by nature; not artificial or imitation

    "a natural pearl"; "natural gas"; "natural silk"; "natural blonde hair"; "a natural sweetener"; "natural fertilizers"

  6. naturaladjective

    existing in or in conformity with nature or the observable world; neither supernatural nor magical

    "a perfectly natural explanation"

  7. naturaladjective

    functioning or occurring in a normal way; lacking abnormalities or deficiencies

    "it's the natural thing to happen"; "natural immunity"; "a grandparent's natural affection for a grandchild"

  8. naturaladjective

    (of a musical note) being neither raised nor lowered by one chromatic semitone

    "a natural scale"; "B natural"

  9. natural, instinctiveadjective

    unthinking; prompted by (or as if by) instinct

    "a cat's natural aversion to water"; "offering to help was as instinctive as breathing"

  10. natural, raw(a), rude(a)adjective

    (used especially of commodities) being unprocessed or manufactured using only simple or minimal processes

    "natural yogurt"; "natural produce"; "raw wool"; "raw sugar"; "bales of rude cotton"

  11. naturaladjective

    related by blood; not adopted

  12. natural, born(p), innate(p)adjective

    being talented through inherited qualities

    "a natural leader"; "a born musician"; "an innate talent"

  13. lifelike, naturaladjective

    free from artificiality

    "a lifelike pose"; "a natural reaction"

GCIDE

  1. Naturaladjective

    Hence: Not processed or refined; in the same statre as that existing in nature; as, natural wood; natural foods.

  2. Naturaladjective

    Connected by the ties of consanguinity. especially, Related by birth rather than by adoption; as, one's natural mother.

  3. Naturaladjective

    (Mus.) (a) Produced by natural organs, as those of the human throat, in distinction from instrumental music. (b) Of or pertaining to a key which has neither a flat nor a sharp for its signature, as the key of C major. (c) Applied to an air or modulation of harmony which moves by easy and smooth transitions, digressing but little from the original key. (d) Neither flat nor sharp; -- of a tone. (e) Changed to the pitch which is neither flat nor sharp, by appending the sign

  4. Naturalnoun

    A person who has an innate talent that makes success in some specific endeavor, such as sports, much easier than for others; as, Pele was a natural in soccer.

Wiktionary

  1. naturalnoun

    A native inhabitant of a place, country etc.

  2. naturalnoun

    A note that is not or is no longer to be modified by an accidental, or the symbol used to indicate such a note.

  3. naturalnoun

    One with an innate talent at or for something.

    He's a natural on the saxophone.

  4. naturaladjective

    That which exists and evolved within the confines of an eco-system.

    The species will be under threat if its natural habitat is destroyed.

  5. naturaladjective

    Of or relating to nature.

    In the natural world the fit tend to live on while the weak perish.

  6. naturaladjective

    Without artificial additives.

    Natural food is healthier than processed food.

  7. naturaladjective

    As expected.

  8. naturaladjective

    Neither sharp nor flat. Denoted .

    The piece is played in C natural.

  9. naturaladjective

    Without, or prior to, modification or adjustment.

    So-called second-generation silicone breast implants looked and felt more like the natural breast.

  10. naturaladjective

    without a condom

    We had a natural fuck.

  11. Etymology: from naturalis, from natus, the perfect participle of nascor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NATURALadjective

    Etymology: naturel, French, from nature.

    There is no natural motion of any particular heavy body, which is perpetual, yet it is possible from them to contrive such an artificial revolution as shall constantly be the cause of itself. John Wilkins, Dedalus.

    This would turn the vein of that we call natural, to that of legal propagation; which has ever been encouraged as the other has been disfavoured by all institutions. William Temple.

    If there be any difference in natural parts, it should seem that the advantage lies on the side of children born from noble and wealthy parents. Jonathan Swift.

    I will now deliver a few of the properest and naturallest considerations that belong to this piece. Henry Wotton, Arch.

    Such unnatural connections become, by custom, as natural to the mind as sun and light: fire and warmth go together, and so seem to carry with them as natural an evidence as self-evident truths themselves. John Locke.

    To leave his wife, to leave his babes,
    He wants the nat’ral touch. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    What can be more natural than the circumstances in the behaviour of those women who had lost their husbands on this fatal day. Addison.

  2. Naturalnoun

    Etymology: from nature.

    That a monster should be such a natural. William Shakespeare.

    Take the thoughts of one out of that narrow compass he has been all his life confined to, you will find him no more capable of reasoning than a perfect natural. John Locke.

    The inhabitants and naturals of the place, should be in a state of freemen. George Abbot, Description of the World.

    Oppression, in many places, wears the robes of justice, which domineering over the naturals may not spare strangers, and strangers will not endure it. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    The wretcheder are the contemners of all helps; such as presuming on their own naturals, deride diligence, and mock at terms when they understand not things. Ben Jonson.

    To consider them in their pure naturals, the earl’s intellectual faculties were his stronger part, and the duke, his practical. Henry Wotton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Naturaladjective

    fixed or determined by nature; pertaining to the constitution of a thing; belonging to native character; according to nature; essential; characteristic; not artifical, foreign, assumed, put on, or acquired; as, the natural growth of animals or plants; the natural motion of a gravitating body; natural strength or disposition; the natural heat of the body; natural color

  2. Naturaladjective

    conformed to the order, laws, or actual facts, of nature; consonant to the methods of nature; according to the stated course of things, or in accordance with the laws which govern events, feelings, etc.; not exceptional or violent; legitimate; normal; regular; as, the natural consequence of crime; a natural death

  3. Naturaladjective

    having to do with existing system to things; dealing with, or derived from, the creation, or the world of matter and mind, as known by man; within the scope of human reason or experience; not supernatural; as, a natural law; natural science; history, theology

  4. Naturaladjective

    conformed to truth or reality

  5. Naturaladjective

    springing from true sentiment; not artifical or exaggerated; -- said of action, delivery, etc.; as, a natural gesture, tone, etc

  6. Naturaladjective

    resembling the object imitated; true to nature; according to the life; -- said of anything copied or imitated; as, a portrait is natural

  7. Naturaladjective

    having the character or sentiments properly belonging to one's position; not unnatural in feelings

  8. Naturaladjective

    connected by the ties of consanguinity

  9. Naturaladjective

    begotten without the sanction of law; born out of wedlock; illegitimate; bastard; as, a natural child

  10. Naturaladjective

    of or pertaining to the lower or animal nature, as contrasted with the higher or moral powers, or that which is spiritual; being in a state of nature; unregenerate

  11. Naturaladjective

    belonging to, to be taken in, or referred to, some system, in which the base is 1; -- said or certain functions or numbers; as, natural numbers, those commencing at 1; natural sines, cosines, etc., those taken in arcs whose radii are 1

  12. Naturaladjective

    produced by natural organs, as those of the human throat, in distinction from instrumental music

  13. Naturaladjective

    of or pertaining to a key which has neither a flat nor a sharp for its signature, as the key of C major

  14. Naturaladjective

    applied to an air or modulation of harmony which moves by easy and smooth transitions, digressing but little from the original key

  15. Naturalnoun

    a native; an aboriginal

  16. Naturalnoun

    natural gifts, impulses, etc

  17. Naturalnoun

    one born without the usual powers of reason or understanding; an idiot

  18. Naturalnoun

    a character [/] used to contradict, or to remove the effect of, a sharp or flat which has preceded it, and to restore the unaltered note

  19. Etymology: [OE. naturel, F. naturel, fr. L. naturalis, fr. natura. See Nature.]

Freebase

  1. NATURAL

    Natural is a fourth-generation programming language from Software AG. It is largely used for building databases output in plain text form, for example. It has the ESCAPE TOP flow control instruction, which is similar to continue in C, C++, Java and several other languages, except that it also works within subroutines to both return from the routine and then continue the calling statement's processing loop. Like continue, it avoids large amounts of indentation levels when using nested instruction blocks inside any loop. Example with ESCAPE TOP: The levels of indentation can be automatically adjusted with the STRUCT command in the Natural Editor. The same example, without ESCAPE TOP: Another powerful flow control instruction command is the ESCAPE BOTTOM, which is similar to ESCAPE TOP except that it continues the processing from end of the calling statement's processing loop. Example with ESCAPE BOTTOM: One trait that sets Natural apart from most other languages is its rich syntax. For example, many languages have a simple switch case statement that can be used to replace nested IF statements pertaining to a single variable; in C-like languages, it is prone to logic errors since it is necessary to BREAK out of the statement programatically. Natural has a much cleaner/richer DECIDE statement which is easier to understand and code. Here is an example:

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Natural

    nat′ū-ral, adj. pertaining to, produced by, or according to nature: inborn: not far-fetched: not acquired: tender: unaffected: in a state of nature, unregenerate: (math.) having 1 as the base of the system, of a function or number: illegitimate: (mus.) according to the usual diatonic scale.—n. an idiot: (mus.) a character which removes the effect of a preceding sharp or flat: a white key in keyboard musical instruments.—adj. Nat′ural-born, native.—n.pl. Naturā′lia, the sexual organs.—n. Naturalisā′tion.—v.t. Nat′uralise, to make natural or easy: to adapt to a different climate or to different conditions of life: to grant the privileges of natural-born subjects to.—ns. Nat′uralism, mere state of nature: a close following of nature, without idealisation, in painting, sculpture, fiction, &c.: the belief that natural religion is of itself sufficient; Nat′uralist, one who studies nature, more particularly zoology and botany: a believer in naturalism.—adj. Naturalist′ic, pertaining to, or in accordance with, nature: belonging to the doctrines of naturalism.—adv. Nat′urally.—n. Nat′uralness.—Natural history, originally the description of all that is in nature, now used of the sciences that deal with the earth and its productions—botany, zoology, and mineralogy, esp. zoology; Natural law, the sense of right and wrong which arises from the constitution of the mind of man, as distinguished from the results of revelation or legislation; Natural numbers, the numbers 1, 2, 3, and upwards; Natural order, in botany, an order or division belonging to the natural system of classification, based on a consideration of all the organs of the plant; Natural philosophy, the science of nature, of the physical properties of bodies: physics; Natural scale, a scale of music written without sharps or flats; Natural science, the science of nature, as distinguished from that of mind (mental and moral science), and from pure science (mathematics); Natural selection, a supposed operation of the laws of nature, the result of which is the 'survival of the fittest,' as if brought about by intelligent design; Natural system, a classification of plants and animals according to real differences in structure; Natural theology, or Natural religion, the body of theological truths discoverable by reason without revelation.

Editors Contribution

  1. natural

    According to nature.

    Natural growth of vegetables and flowers is beautiful.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  


  2. natural

    Existing within nature.

    It is great to have the natural qualities of love, peace, balance, harmony and unity.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'natural' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #661

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'natural' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1535

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'natural' in Adjectives Frequency: #79

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of natural in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of natural in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of natural in a Sentence

  1. Kelly Lessard:

    The brown bear was exhibiting typical curious natural behavior, interacting with a found object just like it might in the wild.

  2. Mohamed Henni:

    The degradation of natural resources will exert an enormous pressure on the food security. This could be aggravated by climate change.

  3. Catherine Collins:

    On an' average' 2,000 kcal-a-day intake, a diet of 30 % calories from carbs equates to only 150g a day, with sugars( natural or' added') contributing around 50g of that total. With a mere 100g of complex carb a day to play with, a lower intake of cereals, grains, and starchy vegetables is inevitable.

  4. June Tangney:

    When we're scared and when we see people doing something that endangers all of us, it's a natural tendency to want to shame them, it's just not a good approach if, bottom line, you want to see their behavior change.

  5. Mike Trout:

    I just feel comfortable out there, natural, i basically said, ‘Tell me what I need to work on. I’ll get better at it.’.

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