What does Nature mean?

Definitions for Nature
ˈneɪ tʃərNa·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. naturenoun

    the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized

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

  2. naturenoun

    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. naturenoun

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

    "they tried to preserve nature as they found it"

  4. naturenoun

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

    "it is his nature to help others"

  5. naturenoun

    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"


  1. Naturenoun

    The existing system of things; the universe of matter, energy, time and space; the physical world; all of creation. Contrasted with the world of mankind, with its mental and social phenomena.


  1. naturenoun

    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. naturenoun

    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. naturenoun

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

  4. natureverb

    To endow with natural qualities.

  5. Naturenoun

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

  6. Etymology: 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. Naturenoun

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

  2. Naturenoun

    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. Naturenoun

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

  4. Naturenoun

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

  5. Naturenoun

    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. Naturenoun

    hence: Kind, sort; character; quality

  7. Naturenoun

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

  8. Naturenoun

    natural affection or reverence

  9. Naturenoun

    constitution or quality of mind or character

  10. Natureverb

    to endow with natural qualities

  11. Etymology: [F., fr. L. natura, fr. natus born, produced, p. p. of nasci to be born. See Nation.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nature

    nā′tūr, 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. Nā′tured, having a certain temper or disposition: used in compounds, as good-natured.—ns. Nā′ture-dē′ity, a deity personifying some force of physical nature; Nā′ture-myth, a myth symbolising natural phenomena; Nā′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.; Nā′ture-wor′ship, Nā′turism, worship of the powers of nature.—n. Nā′turist.—adj. Naturist′ic.—Debt of nature, death; Ease, or Relieve, nature, to evacuate the bowels. [Fr.,—L. naturanasci, natus, to be born.]

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

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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)

Editors Contribution

  1. nature

    Plants, animals, outdoor life and weather viewed together.

    Its a joy to be outdoors in nature every day, it affects our daily sense of well-being.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  
  2. nature

    The animals, beings, structures and systems united on planet earth creating together.

    Collectively all the animals, beings, structures and systems on earth are known as nature.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Nature in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Nature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Nature in a Sentence

  1. Belgian Proverb:

    Experience is the comb that nature gives us when we are bald.

  2. Our Board of Directors:

    Our Board of Directors also considered the highly conditional and uncertain nature of the proposal, including the potential impact of outsized debt levels on the combined company's stock.

  3. Polish President Andrzej Duda:

    We disagree with this investment. It has nothing to do with economics, it is an investment of a political nature.

  4. George Santayana:

    By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all.

  5. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

    It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own.

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