Definitions of nature

  1. To endow with natural qualities. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.; "they tried to preserve nature as they found it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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
  8. The existing system of things; the world of matter, or of matter and mind; the creation; the universe. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. The established or regular course of things; usual order of events; connection of cause and effect. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artifical, or forced, or remote from actual experience. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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
  13. Hence: Kind, sort; character; quality. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Physical constitution or existence; the vital powers; the natural life. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Natural affection or reverence. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Constitution or quality of mind or character. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Established order of things; the universe; essential qualities; native disposition; character. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. The universe. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. 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.

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Usage examples for nature

  1. It was so very true to nature – Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. But they say that there are a great many hidden things in nature that yet remain to be explained; and really this must be one of them, this which I am now about to mention. – A Fluttered Dovecote by George Manville Fenn