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1. Music
a. not sharp or flat
b. denoting a note that is neither sharp nor flat
c. (of a key or scale) containing no sharps or flats
2. Music of or relating to a trumpet, horn, etc., without valves or keys, on which only notes of the harmonic series of the keynote can be obtained
3. Cards
a. (of a card) not a joker or wild card
b. (of a canasta or sequence) containing no wild cards
c. (of a bid in bridge) describing genuine values; not conventional
4. based on the principles and findings of human reason and what is to be learned of God from nature rather than on revelation
5. Music
a. an accidental cancelling a previous sharp or flat.
b. a note affected by this accidental
6. Pontoon the combination of an ace with a ten or court card when dealt to a player as his or her first two cards

tropical year

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The period between two successive vernal equinoxes, the time the earth takes to complete one orbit around the sun relative to the first point of Aries. Its length was 365 days 5 h 48 min and 45.19 s in 2000, and it is changing by 0.00000006162 x y days (y in Julian years from 2000), or about 5 milliseconds/year. The tropical year differs from the solar year by 1 part in 26,000, since this is the period of the earth's precession about its rotational axis combined with the precession of the perihelion of the earth's orbit. Also called an astronomical, equinoctial, natural, or solar year. It contains one complete cycle of seasons.


An integrated 4GL from Software AG, Germany. The menu-driven version is SUPER/NATURAL.

Natural 2 is a major upgrade to Natural 1.

Version 2.1.7 in the MVS environment (June 1995, also available for Unix).

Natural works with DB2 and various other databases, but Natural and Adabas normally go together. There are many products available in the "Natural" family, including SuperNatural, Natural for Windows, Entire Connection (enables up/downloading and interaction with Excel) and Esperant.


An earlier fourth-generation language from Software AG, Reston, VA, that ran on a variety of computers from micro to mainframe. See fourth-generation language.
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The naturalness of a product could be targeted through highlighting materials selections like sugarbased high-density polyethylene, corn- or potato starch-based polymers, or composites of cellulosic fibers with polyethylenes or polypropylenes.
In the context of the current research, the halo effect is a process in which an initial perception about the way products are grown at urban farms (for example, being "pesticide free") affects perceptions about other attributes of the products grown and/or produced at these venues, such as their naturalness, healthiness, and freshness.
Love needs to be equated with submission, naturalness, and the spirit of enterprise.
Although biodiversity is discussed by authors seeing a need to move 'beyond naturalness' (Cole and Yung 2010), it is not among the alternative guiding concepts presented--perhaps because it is not as clearly related to naturalness as, for example, historical fidelity or ecological integrity.
The product naturalness trend in this market can help to offset some of chocolate's unhealthy image, with natural claims seeing steady activity.
Conceptions of naturalness may further differ with respect to naturalness being seen as an all-or-nothing issue or a continuous gradient.
Contagion accounts for a reduction in naturalness but is independent of dose above a certain level.
Clinical hypnosis emphasizes the naturalness and simplicity of accessing the unconscious along with problem areas of the hypnoclinician.
As a brand we have focused too much on naturalness and health and not enough on the one thing that motivates everyone interested in good food--taste," she added.
The most important qualities of a speech synthesis system are naturalness and intelligibility.
Our premium product promises absolute naturalness and genuine taste," Oliver Hehn, Plantextrakt's product manager, explains.

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