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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
nat•u•ral /ˈnætʃərəl, ˈnætʃrəl/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- existing in or formed by nature and not by humans;
not artificial:The valley made a natural amphitheater.
- of or relating to nature:the natural world.
- Nutritionhaving undergone little or no processing and containing no chemical additives:natural foods.
- having a real or physical existence:the natural, not the supernatural, world.
- of, relating to, or belonging to one's nature; inborn;
innate[before a noun]natural athletes.
- behaving normally;
appearing normal:Please relax and look natural for the photographer.
- in agreement with the nature of people or things; to be expected:a natural result.[It + be + ~ + that clause]It's natural that the parents should miss their children.
- happening in the ordinary or usual course of things, without accident, violence, etc.:to die a natural death.
- Law illegitimate[before a noun]a natural child.
- related by blood rather than by adoption; biological[before a noun]searching for his natural parents.
[after a noun][Music.]
- neither sharp nor flat:That note is a G natural.
- any person or thing that is or is likely to be suitable to or successful in an endeavor:He's a natural for that new position as supervisor.
- a white key on a piano, organ, or the like.
nat•u•ral•ness, n. [uncountable]See -nat-.
- the sign ♮
, placed before a note that would otherwise be understood as sharp or flat.
(nach′ər əl, nach′rəl), adj.
- existing in or formed by nature (opposed to artificial):a natural bridge.
- based on the state of things in nature; constituted by nature:Growth is a natural process.
- of or pertaining to nature or the universe:natural beauty.
- of, pertaining to, or occupied with the study of natural science:conducting natural experiments.
- in a state of nature; uncultivated, as land.
- Botanygrowing spontaneously, without being planted or tended by human hand, as vegetation.
- Nutritionhaving undergone little or no processing and containing no chemical additives:natural food;
natural ingredients.Cf.organic (def. 11).
- having a real or physical existence, as opposed to one that is spiritual, intellectual, fictitious, etc.
- of, pertaining to, or proper to the nature or essential constitution:natural ability.
- proper to the circumstances of the case:a natural result of his greed.
- free from affectation or constraint:a natural manner.
- arising easily or spontaneously:a natural courtesy to strangers.
- consonant with the nature or character of.
- in accordance with the nature of things:It was natural that he should hit back.
- based upon the innate moral feeling of humankind:natural justice.
- in conformity with the ordinary course of nature; not unusual or exceptional.
- happening in the ordinary or usual course of things, without the intervention of accident, violence, etc.
- Lawrelated only by birth;
of no legal relationship;
illegitimate:a natural son.
- related by blood rather than by adoption.
- based on what is learned from nature rather than on revelation.
- true to or closely imitating nature:a natural representation.
- unenlightened or unregenerate:the natural man.
- being such by nature; born such:a natural fool.
not treated, tanned, refined, etc.;
- changed in pitch by the sign ♮
in its original or raw state:natural wood; natural cowhide.
Music and Dance(of a horn or trumpet) having neither side holes nor valves.
not tinted or colored;
having a pale tannish or grayish-yellow color, as many woods and untreated animal skins.
- being a card other than a wild card or joker.
having or showing feelings, as affection, gratitude, or kindness, considered part of basic human nature.
Afro (def. 1).
- (of a set or sequence of cards) containing no wild cards.
- any person or thing that is or is likely or certain to be very suitable to and successful in an endeavor without much training or difficulty.
- a white key on a piano, organ, or the like.
- the sign ♮
, placed before a note, canceling the effect of a previous sharp or flat.
Games[Cards.]blackjack (def. 2b).
ClothingAfro (def. 2).
Games(in craps) a winning combination of seven or eleven made on the first cast.
a natural substance or a product made with such a substance:an ointment containing mink oil and other naturals.
- a note affected by a ♮
, or a tone thus represented.
11 .spontaneous, unaffected, genuine, unmannered.
- Latin, as above
- Middle French
- Latin nātūrālis (see nature, -al1); replacing Middle English naturel
- Middle English 1300–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
natural /ˈnætʃrəl -tʃərəl/ adj
- of, existing in, or produced by nature: natural science, natural cliffs
- in accordance with human nature
- as is normal or to be expected; ordinary or logical: the natural course of events
- not acquired; innate: a natural gift for sport
- being so through innate qualities: a natural leader
- not supernatural or strange: natural phenomena
- not constrained or affected; genuine or spontaneous
- following or resembling nature or life; lifelike: she looked more natural without her make-up
- not affected by man or civilization; uncultivated; wild: in the natural state this animal is not ferocious
- being or made from organic material; not synthetic: a natural fibre like cotton
- illegitimate; born out of wedlock
- not adopted but rather related by blood: her natural parents
- not sharp or flat
- (postpositive) denoting a note that is neither sharp nor flat
- (of a key or scale) containing no sharps or flats
- based on the principles and findings of human reason and what is to be learned of God from nature rather than on revelation: natural religion
- informal a person or thing regarded as certain to qualify for success, selection, etc: the horse was a natural for first place
Also called (US): cancel an accidental cancelling a previous sharp or flat
Usual symbol: ♮
- a note affected by this accidental
- obsolete an imbecile; idiot
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