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Definitions of nature

  1. 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"
  2. the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions; " it is his nature to help others"
  3. the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized; " it is the nature of fire to burn"; " the true nature of jealousy"
  4. 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"
  5. the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.; " they tried to preserve nature as they found it"
  6. 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"
  7. The existing system of things; the world of matter, or of matter and mind; the creation; the universe.
  8. 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.
  9. The established or regular course of things; usual order of events; connection of cause and effect.
  10. Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artifical, or forced, or remote from actual experience.
  11. 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.
  12. Hence: Kind, sort; character; quality.
  13. Physical constitution or existence; the vital powers; the natural life.
  14. Natural affection or reverence.
  15. Constitution or quality of mind or character.
  16. To endow with natural qualities.
  17. 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)
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Established order of things; the universe; essential qualities; native disposition; character.
  21. The universe.
  22. Inherent or essential qualities; native character; sort; kind.
  23. The universe of things as made or produced; the power or powers that produce it; the essence or essential qualities of a thing; the established or regular course of things; natural law; constitution; disposition; natural affection; species; particular character; birth; a natural thing; nakedness; state of birth.
  24. 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.
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Usage examples for nature

  1. Isaac knew the Indian nature well. – Betty Zane by Zane Grey
  2. It was so very true to nature – Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines by R.M. Ballantyne
  3. He's only your child in nature – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  4. At the same time he began to write books of a religious nature – Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year by E.C. Hartwell
  5. So all that lives in nature in the heart, Is often, living, buried by the world, By its dead stream. – Papers from Overlook-House by Casper Almore
  6. Nature must be kept " in her place." – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  7. Is it in her nature to be? – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  8. 8544. Do you know the nature of the bargain they make? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. Why didn't Nature make me understand myself as I begin to understand now? – The Lightning Conductor Discovers America by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  10. He will make a fool of nature – The Mind Master by Arthur J. Burks
  11. You cannot break a law of nature – A Grammar of Freethought by Chapman Cohen
  12. I mean, that although Gaston himself has returned to me, he seems to have Regnard's nature – Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell
  13. Of what nature for what purpose? – The Chestermarke Instinct by J. S. Fletcher
  14. As a matter of fact there are no " ends" in nature – A Grammar of Freethought by Chapman Cohen
  15. 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
  16. At any rate, the first thing I knew his whole nature seemed to have changed. – The Inside of the Cup, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  17. That may be your theory; if it is, I know that human nature is always laughing at you. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  18. I don't believe the old man ever gave a dinner, and he'd like to show off a little; there's a good deal of human nature in the old man, after all. – A Hazard of New Fortunes by William Dean Howells
  19. You and I are two men of the world, to whom human nature is as an open book. – The Inner Shrine by Basil King
  20. Still it was not in my nature to give in while a chance remained of escape. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
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