The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

4 definitions found
 for native
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Native \Na"tive\ (n[=a]"t[i^]v), a. [F. natif, L. nativus, fr.
     nasci, p. p. natus. See Nation, and cf. Na["i]ve, Neif
     a serf.]
     1. Arising by birth; having an origin; born. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
              Anaximander's opinion is, that the gods are native,
              rising and vanishing again in long periods of times.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Of or pertaining to one's birth; natal; belonging to the
        place or the circumstances in which one is born; --
        opposed to foreign; as, native land, language, color,
        [1913 Webster]
     3. Born in the region in which one lives; as, a native
        inhabitant, race; grown or originating in the region where
        used or sold; not foreign or imported; as, native
        oysters, or strawberries. In the latter sense, synonymous
        with domestic.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
     4. Original; constituting the original substance of anything;
        as, native dust. --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
     5. Conferred by birth; derived from origin; born with one;
        inherent; inborn; not acquired; as, native genius,
        cheerfulness, wit, simplicity, rights, intelligence, etc.
        Having the same meaning as congenital, but typically
        used for positive qualities, whereas congenital may be
        used for negative qualities. See also congenital
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
              Courage is native to you.             --Jowett
        [1913 Webster]
     6. Naturally related; cognate; connected (with). [R.]
        [1913 Webster]
              the head is not more native to the heart, . . .
              Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     7. (Min.)
        (a) Found in nature uncombined with other elements; as,
            native silver, copper, gold.
        (b) Found in nature; not artificial; as native sodium
            [1913 Webster]
     Native American party. See under American, a.
     Native bear (Zool.), the koala.
     Native bread (Bot.), a large underground fungus, of
        Australia ({Mylitta australis), somewhat resembling a
        truffle, but much larger.
     Native devil. (Zool.) Same as Tasmanian devil, under
     Native hen (Zool.), an Australian rail ({Tribonyx
     Native pheasant. (Zool.) See Leipoa.
     Native rabbit (Zool.), an Australian marsupial ({Perameles
        lagotis) resembling a rabbit in size and form.
     Native sloth (Zool.), the koala.
     Native thrush (Zool.), an Australian singing bird
        ({Pachycephala olivacea); -- called also thickhead.
     Native turkey (Zool.), the Australian bustard ({Choriotis
        australis); -- called also bebilya.
        [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Natural; natal; original; congenital.
     Usage: Native, Natural, Natal. natural refers to the
            nature of a thing, or that which springs therefrom;
            native, to one's birth or origin; as, a native
            country, language, etc.; natal, to the circumstances
            of one's birth; as, a natal day, or star. Native
            talent is that which is inborn; natural talent is that
            which springs from the structure of the mind. Native
            eloquence is the result of strong innate emotion;
            natural eloquence is opposed to that which is studied
            or artificial.
            [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Native \Na"tive\, n.
     1. One who, or that which, is born in a place or country
        referred to; a denizen by birth; an animal, a fruit, or
        vegetable, produced in a certain region; as, a native of
        France; the natives are restless.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
     2. (Stock Breeding) Any of the live stock found in a region,
        as distinguished from such as belong to pure and distinct
        imported breeds. [U.S.]
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic
             origin; "the native North American sugar maple"; "many
             native artists studied abroad" [ant: foreign,
      2: belonging to one by birth; "my native land"; "one's native
         language" [ant: adopted, adoptive]
      3: characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region
         from the beginning; "native Americans"; "the aboriginal
         peoples of Australia" [syn: native, aboriginal] [ant:
      4: as found in nature in the elemental form; "native copper"
      n 1: an indigenous person who was born in a particular place;
           "the art of the natives of the northwest coast"; "the
           Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to
           aboriginal college students" [syn: native, indigen,
           indigene, aborigine, aboriginal]
      2: a person born in a particular place or country; "he is a
         native of Brazil"
      3: indigenous plants and animals

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  110 Moby Thesaurus words for "native":
     aboriginal, aborigine, agrarian, arcadian, artless, atavistic,
     autochthon, autochthonous, basic, best, bodily, born, bucolic,
     by birth, candid, citizen, clan, coeval, congenital, connatal,
     connate, connatural, constitutional, crude, direct, domestic,
     earliest inhabitant, endemic, ethnic, exclusive, first,
     first comer, genetic, genuine, hereditary, home, homebred,
     homegrown, homespun, honest, impure, in the blood, in the raw,
     inartificial, inborn, inbred, incarnate, indigene, indigenous,
     indwelling, inhabitant, inherent, inherited, inland, innate,
     instinctive, instinctual, internal, intestine, intrinsic, local,
     local yokel, municipal, natal, national, native to, native-born,
     natural, natural to, naturelike, organic, original, pastoral,
     physical, primal, primitive, primitive settler, pristine,
     provincial, raw, resident, run-of-mine, rural, straightforward,
     temperamental, tribal, unacquired, unadorned, unaffected,
     unartificial, unassuming, uncultivated, undesigning, undisguising,
     undissembling, undissimulating, undomesticated, unembellished,
     unfeigning, ungraded, unpretending, unpretentious, unsorted,
     unspoiled, unsullied, untouched, unvarnished, vernacular, virgin,

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229