- 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.
- natura non facit saltum,
- natural aids,
- natural antibody,
- natural bridge,
- natural child,
- natural childbirth
Origin of natural
Examples from the Web for naturalness
“This is not a contest about natural assets or even about naturalness,” Sousa recently told the Venezuelan press.
He had a naturalness in his body that gave him a feeling that when he moved, it seemed so easy—it was so electric and wild.
There was a simplicity, a naturalness in society fifty years ago, that one looks in vain for now.The Old Folks' Party|Edward Bellamy
That you should laugh with such a brilliant imitation of naturalness gives me hopes of you.Mr. Prohack|E. Arnold Bennett
Naturalness is the right union and combination of all the modulations.Browning and the Dramatic Monologue|S. S. Curry
The simplicity, ease, and naturalness of his style are justly admired.A Literary History of the Arabs|Reynold Nicholson
Thus in addition to the literary perfection of his letters, they have the sine qua non of naturalness in perfection also.A Letter Book|George Saintsbury
- (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.