caloric

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noun

ca·​lo·​ric kə-ˈlȯr-ik How to pronounce caloric (audio)
1
: a supposed form of matter formerly held responsible for the phenomena of heat and combustion
2
archaic : heat

caloric

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adjective

1
: of or relating to heat
2
: of, relating to, or containing calories
calorically adverb

Example Sentences

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Noun
The choice of the vendors for the caloric torrent — two of the biggest fast-food chains in the world — also has stymied residents’ efforts to end the onslaught. Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2023 The interplay between endocrine activity, menstrual cycles, caloric intake and bone density is woefully under-researched. Mythili G. Rao, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2023 Add granola, and the caloric cost can go up another 100 calories for a quarter cup. Madeleine Burry, Health, 9 Mar. 2023 The caloric cost of walking or jogging on a treadmill is slightly less than outside. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2023 Your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) should be higher than your daily caloric intake to achieve weight loss, and appetite suppressants are one factor that can contribute to this. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 Dec. 2022
Adjective
In January, Chipotle debuted a menu of seven lifestyle bowls with more balanced nutritional profiles than the chain's largely highly caloric existing offerings. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 15 Feb. 2023 Intermittent fasting was going to fix what caloric restriction couldn’t until researchers showed the two produce exactly the same results. WIRED, 15 Feb. 2023 Many researchers suspect that this is why caloric restriction diets, which keep insulin levels low, seem to extend life span in many species. Viviane Callier, Quanta Magazine, 10 Jan. 2023 But according to the authors of this latest paper, the 2020 study didn't measure the caloric expenditure of those silly gaits. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Dec. 2022 My new diet kept me at a caloric deficit while still giving me enough protein to support muscle growth. Men's Health, 3 Feb. 2023 In Zambia, roughly 2 million people face acute food insecurity, more than half the population lives below the poverty line and nearly half of the population is unable to meet minimum caloric intake needs. Fatima Hussein, ajc, 24 Jan. 2023 Goat and sheep obviously filled the caloric deficit. Paul Greenberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Dec. 2022 Sometimes extreme caloric deficit diets can yield similar results. Dallas News, 18 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

French calorique, from Latin calor

First Known Use

Noun

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of caloric was in 1792

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Cite this Entry

“Caloric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caloric. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

caloric

adjective
ca·​lor·​ic
kə-ˈlȯr-ik,
-ˈlōr-,
-ˈlär-;
ˈkal-ə-rik
1
: of or relating to heat
2
: relating to or containing calories
calorically
-i-k(ə-)lē
adverb

Medical Definition

caloric

adjective
1
: of or relating to heat
2
: of or relating to calories

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