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natural

  

      adj  
1    of, existing in, or produced by nature  
natural science, natural cliffs     
2    in accordance with human nature  
it is only natural to want to be liked     
3    as is normal or to be expected; ordinary or logical  
the natural course of events     
4    not acquired; innate  
a natural gift for sport     
5    being so through innate qualities  
a natural leader     
6    not supernatural or strange  
natural phenomena     
7    not constrained or affected; genuine or spontaneous  
8    not artificially dyed or coloured  
a natural blonde     
9    following or resembling nature or life; lifelike  
she looked more natural without her make-up     
10    not affected by man or civilization; uncultivated; wild  
in the natural state this animal is not ferocious     
11    illegitimate; born out of wedlock  
12    not adopted but rather related by blood  
her natural parents     
13      (Music)  
a    not sharp or flat  
b    postpositive   denoting a note that is neither sharp nor flat  
B natural     
c    (of a key or scale) containing no sharps or flats  
   Compare       flat   1       23       sharp       12  
14      (Music)   of or relating to a trumpet, horn, etc., without valves or keys, on which only notes of the harmonic series of the keynote can be obtained  
15    determined by inborn conviction  
natural justice, natural rights     
16      (Cards)  
a    (of a card) not a joker or wild card  
b    (of a canasta or sequence) containing no wild cards  
c    (of a bid in bridge) describing genuine values; not conventional  
17    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     
      n  
18    Informal   a person or thing regarded as certain to qualify for success, selection, etc.  
the horse was a natural for first place     
19      (Music)  
a      (Also called (U.S.))    cancel   an accidental cancelling a previous sharp or flat.,   (Usual symbol)    <natural>
b    a note affected by this accidental  
   Compare       flat   1       35       sharp       19  
20      (Pontoon)   the combination of an ace with a ten or court card when dealt to a player as his or her first two cards  
21    Obsolete   an imbecile; idiot  
  naturally      adv  
  naturalness      n  


liquefied natural gas  
      n   a mixture of various gases, esp. methane, liquefied under pressure for transportation and used as an engine fuel,   (Abbrev.)    LNG  
natural-born  
      adj   being as specified through one's birth  
a natural-born Irishman     
natural childbirth  
      n   a method of childbirth characterized by the absence of anaesthetics, in which the expectant mother is given special breathing and relaxing exercises  
natural classification  
      n     (Biology)   classification of organisms according to relationships based on descent from a common ancestor  
natural deduction  
      n   a system of formal logic that has no axioms but permits the assumption of premises of an argument. Such a system uses sequents to record which assumptions are operative at any stage  
   Compare       axiomatic       3  
natural frequency  
      n     (Physics)   the frequency at which a system vibrates when set in free vibration  
   Compare       forcing frequency  
natural gas  
      n   a gaseous mixture consisting mainly of methane trapped below ground; used extensively as a fuel  
natural gender  
      n   grammatical gender that reflects, as in English, the sex or animacy of the referent of a noun rather than the form or any other feature of the word  
natural history  
      n  
1    the study of animals and plants in the wild state  
2    the study of all natural phenomena  
3    the sum of these phenomena in a given place or at a given time  
the natural history of Iran     
  natural historian      n  
natural immunity  
      n   immunity with which an individual is born, which has a genetic basis  
natural justice  
      n   the principles and procedures that govern the adjudication of disputes between persons or organizations, chief among which are that the adjudication should be unbiased and given in good faith, and that each party should have equal access to the tribunal and should be aware of arguments and documents adduced by the other  
natural language  
      n  
1    a language that has evolved naturally as a means of communication among people  
   Compare       artificial language       formal language  
2    languages of this kind considered collectively  
natural law  
      n  
1    an ethical belief or system of beliefs supposed to be inherent in human nature and discoverable by reason rather than revelation  
2    a nonlogically necessary truth; law of nature  
   See also       nomological       2  
3    the philosophical doctrine that the authority of the legal system or of certain laws derives from their justifiability by reason, and indeed that a legal system which cannot be so justified has no authority  
natural logarithm  
      n   a logarithm to the base e (see e (sense 1)). Usually written loge or ln,   (Also called)    Napierian logarithm      Compare       common logarithm  
natural number  
      n   any of the numbers 0,1,2,3,4,... that can be used to count the members of a set; the nonnegative integers  
natural philosophy  
      n   (now only used in Scottish universities) physical science, esp. physics  
  natural philosopher      n  
natural rate of unemployment  
      n      another name for       NAIRU  
natural resources  
      pl n   naturally occurring materials such as coal, fertile land, etc., that can be used by man  
natural science  
      n  
1    the sciences collectively that are involved in the study of the physical world and its phenomena, including biology, physics, chemistry, and geology, but excluding social sciences, abstract or theoretical sciences, such as mathematics, and applied sciences  
2    any one of these sciences  
  natural scientist      n  
natural selection  
      n   a process resulting in the survival of those individuals from a population of animals or plants that are best adapted to the prevailing environmental conditions. The survivors tend to produce more offspring than those less well adapted, so that the composition of the population is changed  
natural slope  
      n     (Civil engineering)   the maximum angle at which soil will lie in a bank without slipping  
natural theology  
      n   the attempt to derive theological truth, and esp. the existence of God, from empirical facts by reasoned argument  
   Compare       revealed religion       fideism       revelation       3  
  natural theologian      n  
natural virtues  
      pl n   (esp. among the scholastics) those virtues of which man is capable without direct help from God, specifically justice, temperance, prudence, and fortitude  
   Compare       theological virtues  
natural wastage  
      n      another term for       attrition       3  
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