- neither sharp nor flat.
- changed in pitch by the sign ♮.
- being a card other than a wild card or joker.
- (of a set or sequence of cards) containing no wild cards.
- 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.
- a note affected by a ♮, or a tone thus represented.
Origin of natural
Synonyms for natural
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Contemporary Examples of natural
Total oil production figures include crude oil, natural gas liquids, and other liquid energy products.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Jan. 4
January 5, 2015
More to the point, Huckabee has a natural appeal to a party that has come to represent the bulk of working class white voters.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
He declared that Western women are sexually promiscuous in a manner not even found in the natural world.50 Shades of Iran: The Mullahs’ Kinky Fantasies about Sex in the West
IranWire, Shima Sharabi
January 1, 2015
In addition to visiting the tomb of John Paul, who died of natural causes in 2005, Agca asked to see his successor, Pope Francis.Pope-Shooter Ali Agca’s Very Weird Vatican Visit
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 29, 2014
Local life in these places is not defined by their sports team or by their natural beauty—by things only available locally.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of natural
From one enemy of Robert the transition is brief and natural to another.
You know I am your banker, and it is only natural for you to call upon me.
A man wakes up to find that his natural promptin's has cold-decked him.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He scowled upon me with a natural hate, and refused to comply with my request.
In all legislative affairs it is the natural collaborator with the President.
- (of a card) not a joker or wild card
- (of a canasta or sequence) containing no wild cards
- (of a bid in bridge) describing genuine values; not conventional
c.1300, naturel, "of one's inborn character; hereditary, by birth;" early 14c. as "of the world of nature (especially as opposed to man)," from Old French naturel "of nature, conforming to nature; by birth," and directly from Latin naturalis "by birth, according to nature," from natura "nature" (see nature).
From late 15c. as "not miraculous, in conformity with nature." Meaning "easy, free from affectation" is attested from c.1600. Of things, "not artificially created," c.1600. As a euphemism for "illegitimate, bastard" (of children), it is first recorded c.1400, on notion of blood kinship (but not legal status).
Natural science is from late 14c.; natural law is from early 15c. Natural order "apparent order in nature" is from 1690s. Natural childbirth first attested 1933. Natural life, usually in reference to the duration of life, is from late 15c. Natural history is from 1560s (see history). To die of natural causes is from 1570s.
"person with a natural gift or talent," 1925, originally in prizefighting, from natural (adj.). In Middle English, the word as a noun meant "natural capacity, physical ability or power" (early 14c.), and it was common in sense "a native of a place" in Shakespeare's day. Also in 17c., "a mistress."
see under big as life.