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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Other Words from caloric


calorically \ kə-​ˈlȯr-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce calorically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of caloric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective De Vries feels her team’s findings support the idea that locating valuable caloric resources was an important and regularly occurring problem for early humans weathering the climate shifts of the Pleistocene epoch. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Our Brain Is Better at Remembering Where to Find Brownies Than Cherry Tomatoes," 8 Oct. 2020 Over the past couple of decades, researchers have identified increasingly mighty caloric materials. Quanta Magazine, "The Shape-Shifting Squeeze Coolers," 24 Aug. 2020 But caloric effects have become more than a curiosity. Quanta Magazine, "The Shape-Shifting Squeeze Coolers," 24 Aug. 2020 For example, during mealtimes, playing instrumental music allows residents to focus on the meal, and is known to increase caloric intake more so than music with words. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Yesterday’s music creates comfort, harmony today," 21 Aug. 2020 This option is for bodybuilding, and endurance athletes that require additional caloric intake. Popular Science, "Best protein shakes for a quick macronutrient boost," 19 Aug. 2020 The 5:2 diet has some pretty extreme caloric fluctuations throughout the week. Good Housekeeping, "What Is the 5:2 Diet and Can It Help You Lose Weight?," 15 June 2020 Consider the available nutrition and caloric density of your food options when planning your backpacking trip. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying Backpacking Food," 4 June 2020 The caloric value of your crops should be the main focus in a survival garden. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "How To Start Your Own Survival Garden," 31 Mar. 2020

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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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“Caloric.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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