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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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Projects include a natural-products track as part of the Boulder Innovation Center and its business incubator, a developing website at, a bimonthly newsletter, and its most successful project to date, Naturally Boulder Day, held Oct.
For example, the mean HDL cholesterol for IVF-conceived children was 1.61 mmol/L, compared with 1.51 mmol/L in naturally conceived controls.
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Many of these essential oils contain sesquiterpenes, a naturally occurring chemical compound found in certain essential oils.
Through photosynthesis, plants naturally remove CO2 from the air and give off oxygen.
The prevalence of naturally acquired primate malaria in humans can be underestimated from examination of blood films.
In at least one animal that SIV naturally infects, the sooty mangabey, it causes a very high viral load with little immune response, but does not hurt the animal.
In the case of energy-free foods, the term "naturally" may be used as a prefix to this claim.
Certified Naturally Grown is a grassroots alternative to USDA Certification that uses the same USDA rules and Organic Materials Review Institute-listed materials, but paperwork has been reduced to the essentials and inspections are carried out by volunteer farmer-inspectors.
Sepragel Sinus and Seprapack are naturally resorbed by the surrounding tissue within 7 to 14 days, requiring no painful removal.
All the images in this exhibition blur the boundaries between public and private moments, between voyeurism and innocent observation on the part of the photographer/viewer, and between distinctions as to whether the girls depicted are acting naturally, being posed, self-consciously posing themselves, or, more strangely, naturally assuming artificial poses.
Why 'naturally balanced' multi-cavity molds sometimes refuse to fill evenly is a mystery that eluded solution--until now.