- noting a gem mineral manufactured so as to be physically, chemically, and optically identical with the mineral as found in nature.
- (not in technical use) noting a gem mineral manufactured and pigmented in imitation of a natural gemstone of that name.
- substances or products made by chemical synthesis, as plastics or artificial fibers.
- the science or industry concerned with such products.
Origin of synthetic
Examples from the Web for synthetic
One key ingredient of the stuff: Propylene glycol, a synthetic liquid that absorbs water.Europeans Recall Fireball Whiskey Over a Sweetener Also Used in Antifreeze|Tim Mak|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Illinois legislation does not include bioplastics like PHA, defining the banned microplastics to be of the synthetic type.
But the arguments over drug testing may cease to matter if the synthetic drug epidemic continues.
With more than 300 synthetic cannabinoids in use today, drug-testing companies are struggling to keep up with the new varieties.
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute produced the first living organism with synthetic bacteria this May.
It was made of synthetic fabrics like silks, loose and comfortable trousers of knee length, and sleeveless shirts.Armageddon--2419 A.D.|Philip Francis Nowlan
The vegetation is inedible, all of our food is synthetic and highly concentrated.The Copper-Clad World|Harl Vincent
The way you tell a synthetic ruby from a natural ruby is to look for flaws.A World by the Tale|Gordon Randall Garrett
What synthetic formula will be best able to tell us the essential direction of its movement?A New Philosophy: Henri Bergson|Edouard le Roy
Synthetic combination, Kant points out, is formally expressed in a judgment, which is the act of uniting representations.
British Dictionary definitions for synthetic
adjective Also: synthetical
Word Origin for synthetic
Word Origin and History for synthetic
1690s, as a term in logic, from French synthétique (17c.), from Modern Latin syntheticus, from Greek synthetikos, from synthetos, past participle of syntithenai (see synthesis). From 1874 in reference to products or materials made artificially by chemical synthesis; hence "artificial" (1930).