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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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 But being a Cake Boss comes with occupational hazards as well—the caloric kind. Shay Spence,, "Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Reveals How He Lost 35 Lbs.: 'I Feel So Much Better Now'," 2 July 2018 But for many, maintaining a traditional weight-loss diet of caloric or food-group restriction is a serious challenge, and doesn’t have a high chance of producing substantial or sustainable weight loss. Kevin Klatt, SELF, "Why Weight Loss Diets Fail," 26 June 2018 But for many people, exercising can actually cause a slight increase in caloric consumption, which mitigates any extra calories burned while working out. Carolyn Kylstra, SELF, "How Should a Health Brand Talk About Weight?," 25 June 2018 Neither, new research finds, does the human capacity to intuit the caloric content of such gustatory delights. Melissa Healy,, "Foods that are both fatty and sweet can hijack the part of the brain that regulates food consumption," 18 June 2018 And that means avoiding or drastically limiting certain substances in your diet, controlling overall caloric intake and engaging in exercise that burns calories. New York Times, "The Dangers of Belly Fat," 11 June 2018 But the secret to her success so far is intermittent fasting, a diet strategy that has people cycling between periods of regular eating and then fasting or severely restricting their caloric intake. Blake Bakkila,, "This Woman Credits Losing 65 Pounds in 5 Months to One Type of Diet," 5 June 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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