Definitions for natureˈneɪ tʃər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the natural world as it exists without human beings or civilization.
the elements of the natural world, as mountains, trees, animals, or rivers.
the universe, with all its phenomena.
the particular combination of qualities belonging to a person, animal, thing, or class by birth, origin, or constitution; native or inherent character.
character, kind, or sort:
two books of the same nature.
characteristic disposition; temperament:
an evil nature.
the natural, primitive condition of humankind.
biological functions or urges.
the laws and principles that guide the universe or an individual.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Idioms for nature:
by nature,as a result of inborn or inherent qualities; innately.
Origin of nature:
1200–50; ME natur(e) < OF < L nātūra=nāt(us), ptp. of nāscī to be born +-ūra -ure
the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized
"it is the nature of fire to burn"; "the true nature of jealousy"
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"
the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.
"they tried to preserve nature as they found it"
the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions
"it is his nature to help others"
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
all the living things in the world and the environment in which they exist
the wonders of nature; one of nature's most beautiful sights
The natural world; consisting of all things unaffected by or predating human technology, production and design. e.g. the natural environment, virgin ground, unmodified species, laws of nature.
The innate characteristics of a thing. What something will tend by its own constitution, to be or do. Distinct from what might be expected or intended.
The summary of everything that has to do with biological, chemical and physical states and events in the physical universe.
To endow with natural qualities.
The sum of natural forces reified and considered as a sentient being, will, or principle.
Origin: From nature, from nature, from natura, future participle from perfect passive participle (g)natus (born), from deponent verb nasci + future participle suffix -urus. Replaced native Middle English cunde (from Old English gecynd), Middle English lund (from Old Norse lund), Middle English burthe (from Old English gebyrd and Old Norse *byrðr). More at kind.
the existing system of things; the world of matter, or of matter and mind; the creation; the universe
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
the established or regular course of things; usual order of events; connection of cause and effect
conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artifical, or forced, or remote from actual experience
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
hence: Kind, sort; character; quality
physical constitution or existence; the vital powers; the natural life
natural affection or reverence
constitution or quality of mind or character
to endow with natural qualities
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. The Unseen Intelligence which loved us into being, and is disposing of us by the same token. 2. That which every one but a theologian understands, but which no one can define. 3. The Louvre of the Esthetic Eye; the abattoir of the Religious Eye; the charivari of the Ironic Eye. 4. The eternal Kishineff of an implacable God.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
See has the X nature.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
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)
Translations for nature
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the physical world, eg trees, plants, animals, mountains, rivers etc, or the power which made them
the beauty of nature; the forces of nature; the study of nature.
- naturezaPortuguese (BR)
- die NaturGerman
- natur; naturenDanish
- alam semula jadiMalay
- przyroda, naturaPolish
- natur, naturenSwedish
- doğa, tabiatTurkish
- 自然界，自然力Chinese (Trad.)
- thiên nhiênVietnamese
- 自然界，自然力Chinese (Simp.)
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