ca·​lo·​ric | \ kə-ˈlȯr-ik How to pronounce caloric (audio) \

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 How to pronounce calorically (audio) \ adverb

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As of this year, every major beer company has at least one hard seltzer on the market, as beer continues to lose market share in favor of less alcoholic, less caloric options. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "It’s the unofficial drink of summer 2019, but the cheap, low-cal, gender-neutral canned cocktail has serious staying power.," 20 Aug. 2019 Size yourself up for both caloric intake and expenditure to maintain a balance that works for you. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Dr. Fernstrom: Is your partner sabotaging your health?," 30 July 2019 Alcohol is almost always not, and most beer is highly caloric. Gary Dzen,, "6 expert tips for reading a beer label," 22 July 2019 In the 1970s, scientific evidence led some nutrition experts to encourage people to move away from fat-laden foods and shift more caloric intake to carbohydrates such as bread and potatoes. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "The American diet is having an unhealthy love affair with protein," 20 July 2019 But in other studies where intake of food is better regulated and patients don’t replace these free calories with other high-caloric foods, the weight loss is maintained. Jamie Pitlick, Quartzy, "The best and worst sugar substitutes for your health," 3 July 2019 Without a healthy and free summer lunch option for children, families may choose to lessen caloric intake, skip meals entirely or opt for unhealthy alternatives. Bianca Sanchez,, "CPS to offer children free lunch at nearly 100 locations, almost all summer vacation," 25 June 2019 Collectively, the food and drink that the researchers analyzed represent 15 percent of Americans’ caloric intake. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Americans May Be Ingesting Thousands of Microplastics Every Year," 6 June 2019 Some in Congress have also found such caloric confessionals objectionable, calling the mandate another example of government over-reach. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "No escape: A time of calorie reckoning," 9 May 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 How to pronounce caloric (audio) \

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-​ How to pronounce calorically (audio) \ adverb

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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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