Definitions of nature

  1. a causal agent creating and controlling things in the universe; "the laws of nature"; "nature has seen to it that men are stronger than women" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions; "it is his nature to help others" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized; "it is the nature of fire to burn"; "the true nature of jealousy" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a particular type of thing; "problems of this type are very difficult to solve"; "he's interested in trains and things of that nature"; "matters of a personal nature" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.; "they tried to preserve nature as they found it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a particular of thing; "problems of this are very difficult to solve"; "he's interested in trains and things of that nature"; "matters of a personal nature" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. The existing system of things; the world of matter, or of matter and mind; the creation; the universe. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The personified sum and order of causes and effects; the powers which produce existing phenomena, whether in the total or in detail; the agencies which carry on the processes of creation or of being; -- often conceived of as a single and separate entity, embodying the total of all finite agencies and forces as disconnected from a creating or ordering intelligence. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The established or regular course of things; usual order of events; connection of cause and effect. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artifical, or forced, or remote from actual experience. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The sum of qualities and attributes which make a person or thing what it is, as distinct from others; native character; inherent or essential qualities or attributes; peculiar constitution or quality of being. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Hence: Kind, sort; character; quality. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Physical constitution or existence; the vital powers; the natural life. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Natural affection or reverence. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Constitution or quality of mind or character. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. To endow with natural qualities. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The system of all phenomena in space and time; the totality of physical reality. It is both a scientific and philosophic concept appearing in all historic eras. (Webster 2d; Dr. James H. Cassedy, NLM History of Medicine Division) Medical Dictionary DB
  18. That which is the source or essence of life; the forces that create; as, the laws of nature; the universe; original or essential qualities; kind; as, everything of this nature; usual or necessary order of things; constitution; personal character or disposition; normal affection; lack of culture; wildness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. The power which creates and which presides over the material world: the established order of things: the universe: the essential qualities of anything: constitution: species: character: natural disposition: conformity to that which is natural: a mind, or character: nakedness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. Established order of things; the universe; essential qualities; native disposition; character. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. The universe. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Inherent or essential qualities; native character; sort; kind. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. The universe of things as made or produced; the power or powers that produce it; the essence or essential qualities of a thing; the established or regular course of things; natural law; constitution; disposition; natural affection; species; particular character; birth; a natural thing; nakedness; state of birth. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. The qualities or properties which make a thing what it is; native character; essential qualities; disposition of mind; the established order of created things; the power which has created and which presides over all things, being the effect put for, or associated with, the cause; natural affection or reverence; sort, species, or kind; sentiments or images conformable to truth and reality. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. n[=a]'t[=u]r, n. the power which creates and which regulates the material world: the power of growth: the established order of things, the universe: the qualities of anything which make it what it is: constitution: species: conformity to nature, truth, or reality: inborn mind, character, instinct, or disposition: vital power, as of man or animal: course of life: nakedness: a primitive undomesticated condition.--adj. N[=A]'TURED, having a certain temper or disposition: used in compounds, as good-natured.--ns. N[=A]'TURE-D[=E]'ITY, a deity personifying some force of physical nature; N[=A]'TURE-MYTH, a myth symbolising natural phenomena; N[=A]'TURE-PRINT'ING, the process of printing in colours from plates that have been impressed with some object of nature, as a plant, leaf, &c.; N[=A]'TURE-WOR'SHIP, N[=A]'TURISM, worship of the powers of nature.--n. N[=A]'TURIST.--adj. NATURIST'IC.--DEBT OF NATURE, death; EASE, or RELIEVE, NATURE, to evacuate the bowels. [Fr.,--L. natura--nasci, natus, to be born.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  26. Thing\'s essential qualities, (in or by or from the n. of the case or of things, inevitably considering these qualities), person\'s or animal\'s innate character (whence -natured a.; by n., innately; GOOD, ILL, SECOND, n.), general characteristics& feelings of mankind (often human n.), specified element of human character (the rational, animal, moral, n.), person of specified character (sanguine nn. do not feel this; there are nn. who can never-); kind, sort, class, (things of this n.; is in or of the n. of a command), (of guns or shot) size (100 of each n. of case-shot); inherent impulses determining character or action (against n., unnatural, immoral); vital force or functions or needs (n. is exhausted; such a diet will not support n.; ease n., evacuate bowels or bladder); physical power causing phenomena of material world, these phenomena as a whole, (N-, these personified; N.\'s engineering; all n. looks gay; N. is the best physician; LAW of n.; in the course of n., in the ordinary course; debt of n., death; in n., actually existing, also anywhere, at all; against or contrary to n., miraculous, miraculously); naturalness or fidelity in art; state of n., unregenerate condition (opp. state of GRACE), condition of man before society is organized, uncultivated or undomesticated state of plants or animals, bodily nakedness; n. -printing, method of producing print of leaves &c. by pressing them on prepared plate. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  27. n. [Latin] Creation; animate and inanimate objects;- the material and animal world; the universe;- the author and first cause of all things; the Creator;- the operation of divine power; the causes or agencies working in the material and animal world; physical laws, processes, functions, &c;- the established and regular course of things;- inherent quality; essence; necessary attribute; native character;- hence, kind; sort; species;- natural disposition; temper;- natural affection; innate feelings of reverence, &c.;- birth;- constitution;- outward form or appearance of the earth;- physics. Cabinet Dictionary

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