The beauty of nature.
- The trees, forests, birds and animals are all an example of nature.
- If someone is inherently evil, this is an example of a person who has an evil nature.
- the essential character of a thing; quality or qualities that make something what it is; essence
- inborn character; innate disposition; inherent tendencies of a person
- the vital functions, forces, and activities of the organs: often used as a euphemism
- kind; sort; type: things of that nature
- any or all of the instincts, desires, appetites, drives, etc. of a person or animal
- what is regarded as normal or acceptable behavior
- the sum total of all things in time and space; the entire physical universe
- the power, force, principle, etc. that seems to regulate the physical universe: often personified, sometimes as Mother Nature
- the primitive state of man
- a simple way of life close to or in the outdoors: campers getting back to nature
- natural scenery, including the plants and animals that are part of it
- Archaic affectionate or kindly feeling
- Theol. the state of humanity viewed hypothetically as unredeemed by grace
Origin of natureOld French ; from Classical Latin natura ; from natus, born, produced: see genus
in a state of nature
- completely naked
- not cultivated or tamed; wild
of the nature of
- a. The material world and its phenomena: scientists analyzing nature.b. The forces and processes that produce and control these phenomena: the balance of nature.
- The world of living things and the outdoors: spent the day enjoying nature.
- A primitive state of existence, untouched and uninfluenced by civilization or social constraints: when people lived in a state of nature.
- The basic character or qualities of humanity: It is only human nature to worry about the future.
- The fundamental character or disposition of a person; temperament: a man of an irascible nature. See Synonyms at disposition.
- The set of inherent characteristics or properties that distinguish something: trying to determine the nature of a newly discovered phenomenon.
- A kind or sort: confidences of a personal nature.
- a. The processes and functions of the body, as in healing: The doctor decided not to do anything and let nature take its course.b. Heredity: behavior more influenced by nature than nurture.
Origin of natureMiddle English, essential properties of a thing, from Old French, from Latin nat&umacron;ra, from natus, past participle of nasc&imacron;, to be born; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural natures)
- (uncountable) The natural world; consisting of all things unaffected by or predating human technology, production and design. e.g. the ecosystem, 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.
- Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artificial, or forced, or remote from actual experience.
- Kind, sort; character; quality.
- Oppressed nature sleeps.
(third-person singular simple present natures, present participle naturing, simple past and past participle natured)
- (obsolete) To endow with natural qualities.
From Middle English natur, nature, from Old French nature, from Latin nÄtÅ«ra (“birth, origin, natural constitution or quality"), future participle from perfect passive participle (g)natus (“born"), from deponent verb (g)nasci (“to be born, originate") + future participle suffix -urus. Replaced native Middle English cunde, icunde (“nature, property, type, genus, character") (from Old English Ä¡ecynd), Middle English lund (“nature, disposition") (from Old Norse lund), Middle English burthe (“nature, birth, nation") (from Old English Ä¡ebyrd and Old Norse *byrÃ°r). More at kind.