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caloric Line breaks: cal|or¦ic
Pronunciation: /kəˈlɒrɪk/

Definition of caloric in English:


chiefly North American or technical
Relating to heat; calorific: a caloric value of 7 calories per gram
More example sentences
  • At that time, it became already evident that coal is unsuitable for this purpose, due to its too low caloric value and too high sulphur content.
  • Write down everything you eat and find a caloric value for it in a dollar mini-book you can buy at the supermarket checkout counter.
  • A bowl of healthy soup gives you the biggest value for your caloric buck and keeps you from overeating during your main course.


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A hypothetical fluid substance formerly thought to be responsible for the phenomena of heat.
Example sentences
  • Among them were theories which assumed that heat was a material substance, called caloric.
  • The basic misconception was that caloric was a conserved substance, that is it could ‘neither be created nor destroyed’.
  • One response of scientists was to reinterpret caloric as a quality of substance - the average kinetic energy of its constituent particles - rather than as a substance itself.


Late 18th century (as a noun): from French calorique, from Latin calor 'heat'.



Example sentences
  • One thing we discovered while working on the National Geographic article is that within a few seconds a great white can determine whether what they've bitten is calorically economical.
  • Consuming complex carbs, such as potatoes and rice, is also beneficial because they not only have fiber, but they are also less calorically dense than meats such as chicken and beef.
  • The meal that I eat outside of my prepared meals will be calorically consistent with my recommended daily limit and will include vegetables of some sort.

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