- 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
Synonyms for synthetic
Related Words for syntheticallyartificially
Examples from the Web for synthetically
Historical Examples of synthetically
He must give all, not abstractly, but concretely, synthetically.Whitman
Karl's people are always purely and synthetically composite.The Streets of Ascalon
Robert W. Chambers
Later may come the comfort of joining the two classes, synthetically, thereby making the rounded and completed artist.Seed Thoughts for Singers
Frank Herbert Tubbs
Certain propensities of human nature are assumed; and from these premises the whole science of politics is synthetically deduced!The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 2 (of 4)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
For the first time the impression of movement was synthetically produced from different elements.The Photoplay
adjective Also: synthetical
Word Origin 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).