Definitions for nature
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word nature.
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"
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.
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.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: natura, Latin; nature, French.
Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law
My services are bound. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.
When it was said to Anaxagoras, the Athenians have condemned you to die; he said again, and nature them. Francis Bacon.
Let the postilion nature mount, and let
The coachman art be set. Abraham Cowley.
At home all riches that wise nature needs. Abraham Cowley.
Simple nature to his hope has giv’n,
Beyond the cloud-topt hill an humbler heav’n. Alexander Pope.
Between the animal and rational province, some animals have a dark resemblance of the influxes of reason: so between the corporeal and intellectual world, there is man participating much of both natures. Matthew Hale, Orig. of Mankind.
Nature, as it grows again tow’rd earth,
Is fashion’d for the journey, dull and heavy. William Shakespeare.
We’re not ourselves,
When nature, being opprest, commands the mind
To suffer with the body. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Nothing could have subdu’d nature
To such a lowness but his unkind daughters. William Shakespeare.
A credulous father, and a brother noble,
Whose nature is so far from doing harms,
That he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty
My practices ride easy. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Was wrought by nature, not by vile offence. William Shakespeare.
If their dam may be judge, the young apes are the most beautiful things in nature. Joseph Glanvill.
Have we not seen
The murd’ring son ascend his parent’s bed,
Thro’ violated nature force his way,
And stain the sacred womb where once he lay? Alexander Pope.
He binding nature fast in fate,
Left conscience free and will. Alexander Pope.
A dispute of this nature caused mischief in abundance betwixt a king and an archbishop. Dryden.
Only nature can please those tastes which are unprejudiced and refined. Addison.
Nature and were he found the same. Alexander Pope.
Nature and nature ’s laws lay hid in night,
God said, let Isaac Newton be, and all was light. Alexander Pope.
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
Etymology: [F., fr. L. natura, fr. natus born, produced, p. p. of nasci to be born. See Nation.]
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
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. natura—nasci, natus, to be born.]
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)
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
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
Song lyrics by nature -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by nature on the Lyrics.com website.
British National Corpus
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Rank popularity for the word 'nature' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #501
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Rank popularity for the word 'nature' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1161
Rank popularity for the word 'nature' in Nouns Frequency: #209
The numerical value of nature in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of nature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
It's nothing to be born ugly. Sensibly, the ugly woman comes to terms with her ugliness and exploits it as a grace of nature. To become ugly means the beginning of a calamity, self-willed most of the time.
The circadian timing system modulates the activity of every cell in our body. Timed light exposure is nature’s way of keeping the activity of these cells in check.
In an era of diminished trust, we will, in appropriate circumstances, be requiring admissions in cases where heightened accountability and acceptance of responsibility are in the public interest, admissions, given their attention-getting nature, also serve as a clarion call to other market participants to stamp out and self-report the misconduct to the extent it is occurring in their firm.
I guess he was such an open, emotional vessel that I think he tapped into human nature, so it just left people wondering what would have happened. I think James Dean would be 83 today. He could be here, what would he be doing?
He's worked with them -- and on both sides of the aisle, and just the way Paul carries himself -- it's not on the political nature, it's on the policy nature. And I think that gets a lot of people's respect. He can go into any facet of any philosophical belief over there -- and have the credibility.
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- naturaCatalan, Valencian
- příroda, povahaCzech
- loomus, natuur, loodusEstonian
- طبیعت, سرشتPersian
- luonto, luonne, ympäristöFinnish
- nature, la natureFrench
- nàdar, gnèScottish Gaelic
- स्वभाव, प्रकृतिHindi
- természet, jellegHungarian
- բնություն, էություն, բնույթArmenian
- umhverfi, náttúra, eðliIcelandic
- 自然, 性質, 自Japanese
- 자연, 自然Korean
- sirişt, tebîet, natûr, xwerist, سروشت, xwezaKurdish
- natura, natureLatin
- daba, videLatvian
- природа, суштина, ќуд, наравMacedonian
- semulajadi, alam semulajadiMalay
- tłʼóoʼdiNavajo, Navaho
- natura, przyrodaPolish
- природа, натураRussian
- príroda, при́рода, nárav, на́равSerbo-Croatian
- ప్రకృతి, స్వభావముTelugu
- فطرت, نوعیتUrdu
- thiên nhiên, tính, tạo hóa, bản chất, ngoài trời, bản tính, tự nhiênVietnamese
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