ca·​lo·​ric | \kə-ˈlȯr-ik \

Definition of caloric 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a supposed form of matter formerly held responsible for the phenomena of heat and combustion

2 archaic : heat



Definition of caloric (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to heat

2 : of, relating to, or containing calories

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calorically \ kə-​ˈlȯr-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Some are sold at delis; some, at stores solely dedicated to these caloric beasts. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter to The Fat Sandwich, New Jersey's Delicious (and Caloric) Claim to Fame," 1 Oct. 2018 Before fasting, there was caloric restriction, or CR. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 Specifically, severe caloric malnutrition associated with muscle wasting. Dipesh Navsaria, Houston Chronicle, "What parents should know to prevent — and deal with — bug bites," 6 July 2018 Time Think of it as another guilty pleasure, combining the best elements of two delicious yet caloric favorites into one. Alexa Imani Spencer, USA TODAY, "Doughnuts in stick form: Dunkin' debuts Donut Fries," 27 June 2018 Don’t double up on burgers, upsize your fries or buy in to a giant caloric beverage. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "How to make your fast food habit healthier," 20 June 2018 When there was no caloric information but prices were displayed, their orders averaged 827 calories. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Calorie counts at restaurants are aimed at trimming waistlines. But science suggests they don't necessarily work.," 4 May 2018 But the newfound emphasis on rich, high caloric-marrow draws attention to the variety of practices that contributed to today’s nimble fingers. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Did the Human Hand Evolve as a Lean Mean Bone-Smashing Machine?," 13 July 2018 More flavorful vodka makes that vodka soda a much more interesting cocktail to drink all night without fear of caloric overload. Elva Ramirez, charlotteobserver, "Flavored vodka is moving on from its whipped cream, PB&J past," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of caloric


1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caloric


French calorique, from Latin calor

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The first known use of caloric was in 1792

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ca·​lo·​ric | \kə-ˈlȯr-ik, -ˈlōr-, -ˈlär-; ˈkal-ə-rik \

Medical Definition of caloric 

1 : of or relating to heat

2 : of or relating to calories

Other Words from caloric

calorically \ kə-​ˈlȯr-​i-​k(ə-​)lē, -​ˈlōr-​, -​ˈlär-​ \ adverb

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