Definitions for natureˈneɪ tʃər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

na•tureˈneɪ tʃər(n.)

  1. the natural world as it exists without human beings or civilization.

  2. the elements of the natural world, as mountains, trees, animals, or rivers.

  3. natural scenery.

  4. the universe, with all its phenomena.

  5. the particular combination of qualities belonging to a person, animal, thing, or class by birth, origin, or constitution; native or inherent character.

  6. character, kind, or sort:

    two books of the same nature.

  7. characteristic disposition; temperament:

    an evil nature.

  8. the natural, primitive condition of humankind.

  9. biological functions or urges.

    Category: Biology

  10. the laws and principles that guide the universe or an individual.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Idioms for nature:

  1. by nature,as a result of inborn or inherent qualities; innately.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of nature:

1200–50; ME natur(e) < OF < L nātūra=nāt(us), ptp. of nāscī to be born +-ūra -ure

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nature(noun)

    the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized

    "it is the nature of fire to burn"; "the true nature of jealousy"

  2. nature(noun)

    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"

  3. nature(noun)

    the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.

    "they tried to preserve nature as they found it"

  4. nature(noun)

    the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions

    "it is his nature to help others"

  5. nature(noun)

    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

  1. nature(noun)ˈneɪ tʃər

    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

Wiktionary

  1. nature(Noun)

    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.

  2. nature(Noun)

    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.

  3. nature(Noun)

    The summary of everything that has to do with biological, chemical and physical states and events in the physical universe.

  4. nature(Verb)

    To endow with natural qualities.

  5. Nature(ProperNoun)

    The sum of natural forces reified and considered as a sentient being, will, or principle.

  6. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nature(noun)

    the existing system of things; the world of matter, or of matter and mind; the creation; the universe

  2. Nature(noun)

    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

  3. Nature(noun)

    the established or regular course of things; usual order of events; connection of cause and effect

  4. Nature(noun)

    conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artifical, or forced, or remote from actual experience

  5. Nature(noun)

    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

  6. Nature(noun)

    hence: Kind, sort; character; quality

  7. Nature(noun)

    physical constitution or existence; the vital powers; the natural life

  8. Nature(noun)

    natural affection or reverence

  9. Nature(noun)

    constitution or quality of mind or character

  10. Nature(verb)

    to endow with natural qualities

Freebase

  1. Nature

    Nature, in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the natural world, physical world, or material world. "Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic. The word nature is derived from the Latin word natura, or "essential qualities, innate disposition", and in ancient times, literally meant "birth". Natura was a Latin translation of the Greek word physis, which originally related to the intrinsic characteristics that plants, animals, and other features of the world develop of their own accord. The concept of nature as a whole, the physical universe, is one of several expansions of the original notion; it began with certain core applications of the word φύσις by pre-Socratic philosophers, and has steadily gained currency ever since. This usage was confirmed during the advent of modern scientific method in the last several centuries. Within the various uses of the word today, "nature" often refers to geology and wildlife. Nature may refer to the general realm of various types of living plants and animals, and in some cases to the processes associated with inanimate objects – the way that particular types of things exist and change of their own accord, such as the weather and geology of the Earth, and the matter and energy of which all these things are composed. It is often taken to mean the "natural environment" or wilderness–wild animals, rocks, forest, beaches, and in general those things that have not been substantially altered by human intervention, or which persist despite human intervention. For example, manufactured objects and human interaction generally are not considered part of nature, unless qualified as, for example, "human nature" or "the whole of nature". This more traditional concept of natural things which can still be found today implies a distinction between the natural and the artificial, with the artificial being understood as that which has been brought into being by a human consciousness or a human mind. Depending on the particular context, the term "natural" might also be distinguished from the unnatural, the supernatural, or synthetic.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. nature

    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

  1. nature

    See has the X nature.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Nature

    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)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nature' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #501

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nature' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1161

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nature' in Nouns Frequency: #209


Translations for nature

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

nature(noun)

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.

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