• WordNet 3.6
    • n nature the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions "it is his nature to help others"
    • n nature the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized "it is the nature of fire to burn","the true nature of jealousy"
    • n nature 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"
    • n nature the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc. "they tried to preserve nature as they found it"
    • n nature 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"
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THE BULLFROG IN ITS NATURAL SURROUNDINGS See Snake, Turtle and Dragonfly and notice the tongue of the frog. Habitat Group in Museum of Natural History THE BULLFROG IN ITS NATURAL SURROUNDINGS See Snake, Turtle and Dragonfly and notice the tongue of the frog. Habitat...
ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT This animal is really not a goat, but is more nearly related to the antelopes. Range: The higher mountains from Alaska south to California. Group in American Museum of Natural History ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT This animal is really not a goat, but is more nearly related to the antelopes. Range: The higher...
BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf coast of U. S. and southward. Habitat Group in The American Museum of Natural History BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Gabon, there are several 1.8 billion years old natural nuclear reactors.
    • Nature Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artificial, or forced, or remote from actual experience. "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."
    • Nature Constitution or quality of mind or character. "A born devil, on whose nature Nurture can never stick.""That reverence which is due to a superior nature ."
    • Nature Kind, sort; character; quality. "A dispute of this nature caused mischief."
    • Nature Natural affection or reverence. "Have we not seen
      The murdering son ascend his parent's bed,
      Through violated nature force his way?"
    • Nature Physical constitution or existence; the vital powers; the natural life. "My days of nature .""Oppressed nature sleeps."
    • Nature The established or regular course of things; usual order of events; connection of cause and effect.
    • 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. "But looks through nature up to nature's God.""When, in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bonds which have connected them with another, ans to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal Station which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to the Separation.""Nature has caprices which art can not imitate."
    • Nature 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; as, produced by nature; the forces of nature . "I oft admire
      How Nature , wise and frugal, could commit
      Such disproportions."
    • Nature 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. "Thou, therefore, whom thou only canst redeem,
      Their nature also to thy nature join,
      And be thyself man among men on earth."
    • v. t Nature To endow with natural qualities. "He [God] which natureth every kind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Natural gas has no odor. The smell is added artificially so that leaks can be detected.
    • n nature Birth; origin; parentage; original stock.
    • n nature The forces or processes of the material world, conceived of as an agency intermediate between the Creator and the world, producing all organisms and preserving the regular order of things: as, in the old dictum, “nature abhors a vacuum.” In this sense nature is often persouified.
    • n nature The metaphysical principle of life; the power of growth; that which causes organisms to develop each in its predeterminate way. Aristotle defines nature as tne principle of motion in those things that move themselves, meaning by motion especially generation and corruption. Inasmuch as the most striking characteristic of growth is its regularity, nature is also conceived by Aristotle as the principle of inward necessity, as opposed to constraint on the one hand and to chance or freedom on the other. Hence nature is in literature frequently contrasted with fate and with compulsion, as well as with fortune and free election.
    • n nature Cel. Let us sit and mock the good housewife Fortune. … Those that she makes fair she scarce mates honest, and those that she makes honest she makes very ill-favouredly.
    • n nature Cause; occasion; that which produces anything.
    • n nature The material and spiritual universe, as distinguished from the Creator; the system of things of whieh man forms a part; creation, especially that part of it which more immediately surrounds man and affects his senses, as mountains, seas, rivers, woods, etc.: as, the beauties of nature; in a restricted sense, whatever is produced without artificial aid, and exists unchanged by man, and is thus opposed to art.
    • n nature Hence That which is conformed to nature or to truth and reality, as distinguished from that which is artificial, forced, conventional, or remote from actual experience; naturalness.
    • n nature Inherent constitution, property, or quality: essential character, quality, or kind; the qualities or attributes whieh constitute a being or thing what it is, and distinguish it from all others; also, kind; sort; species; category: as, the nature of the soul; the divine nature; it is the nature of fire to burn; the compensation was in the nature of a fee.
    • n nature An original, wild, undomesticated condition, as of an animal or a plant; also, the primitive condition of man antecedent to institutions, especially to political institutions: as, to live in a state of nature.
    • n nature The primitive aboriginal instincts, qualities, and tendencies common to mankind of all races and in all ages, as unchanged or uninfluenced by civilization; especially, the instinctive or spontaneous sense of justice, benevolence, affection, self-preservation, love of show, etc., common to mankind; naturalness of thought, feeling, or action; humanity.
    • n nature The physical or moral constitution of man; physical or moral being; the personality.
    • n nature Inborn or innate character, disposition, or inclination; inherent bent or disposition; individual constitution or temperament; inbred or natural endowments, as opposed to acquired; hence, by metonymy, a person so endowed: as, we instinctively look up to a superior nature.
    • n nature The vital powers of man; vitality; vital force; life; also, natural course of life; lifetime.
    • n nature In theology, the natural unregenerate state of the soul; moral character in its original condition, unaffected by grace.
    • n nature Conscience.
    • n nature Spontaneity. abandon; felicity; truth; naturalness.
    • n nature Kindly disposition: a natural disposition such that one does not readily take or give offense; an easy, indulgent spirit.
    • n nature In theology, in a state of sin; unregencrated.
    • n nature The regular course of human life.
    • n nature See law, 3
    • nature Natural; growing spontaneously: as, nature grass; nature hay.
    • nature To endow with distinctive natural qualities.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One in fourteen women in America is a natural blonde. Only one in sixteen men is.
    • n Nature nā′tūr 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
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  • Charles Dickens
    “Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature .”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Suit the action to the world, the world to the action, with this special observance, that you overstep not the modesty of nature.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “To be happy, we must be true to nature, and carry our age along with us.”
  • Garson Kanin
    Garson Kanin
    “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.”
  • Voltaire
    “Men argue, nature acts.”


Nature abhors a vacuum - This idiom is used to express the idea that empty or unfilled spaces are unnatural as they go against the laws of nature and physics.
Nature of the beast - The basic characteristics of something is the nature of the beast; often used when there's an aspect of something that cannot be changed or that is unpleasant or difficult.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. natura, fr. natus, born, produced, p. p. of nasci, to be born. See Nation
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. naturanasci, natus, to be born.


In literature:

In the remarks which follow I shall confine myself to the empirical side of natural science.
"The Critique of Pure Reason" by Immanuel Kant
It's a natural revolt against domestic bondage.
"The Whirlpool" by George Gissing
He is distinguished by nature, and that's enough for him.
"Our Friend the Charlatan" by George Gissing
Naturally, since she has ceased to be a child, I have kept my distance.
"The Emancipated" by George Gissing
Of all forms of property their respective healths naturally concerned them most.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
Perhaps love played his tune so well because their natures had unblunted edges, and were keen for bliss, confiding in it as natural food.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
He could not think of her without shooting at nature, and nature's very sweetest and subtlest, for comparison.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
Definition seemed to be an extirpation enemy of this idea, or she was by nature shy.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith
Nature herself has actually used a sensuous means to teach us that we are something more than mere sensuous natures.
"The Aesthetical Essays" by Friedrich Schiller
You see, that all is action in nature, and yet pretend that nature, by itself, is dead and without power.
"Good Sense" by Paul Henri Thiry, Baron D'Holbach

In poetry:

“I did not for my heart divine
Her destiny so meek to grow;
The higher nature matched with mine
Will have it so.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Down in yon watery nook,
Where bearded mists divide,
The gray old gods whom Chaos knew,
The sires of Nature, hide.
"Waldeinsamkeit" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
`With Nature never do they wage
A foolish strife; they see
A happy youth, and their old age
Is beautiful and free:
"The Fountain" by William Wordsworth
Now display thy saving power,
Ruin'd nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to thine.
"For Christmas Day" by Charles Wesley
With curious colours tainted,
The slippery rocks are seen,
By Nature's soft hand painted,
In azure, red, and green.
"Evening" by Charlotte Dacre
"The heart of nature, pure and warm,
Offered thee glad and near
Tranquillities of noble form
And secrecies of fear.
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Everyone who is everyone either wants to be natural, is in the process of being natural or yearns to, one day, have natural hair.
Witness the series of natural disasters from the most recent Superstorm Sandy to the summer wildfires in the Northwest and the tornadoes in the South: No one is immune from the wrath of nature.
Metro and Hillsboro Parks and Recreation will share ideas for the future Orenco Woods Natural Area and Nature Park at an open house on Monday, Nov 19.
Formerly the Orenco Woods Golf Course, the natural area and nature park will offer visitors a pastoral setting along Rock Creek and a connection to the Rock Creek Trail.
Natural health tips from faculty and practitioners at Bastyr University and Bastyr Center for Natural Health, pioneers in natural medicine .
Leading natural cosmetics brand and one of the fastest growing natural personal care brands in its category, Mineral Fusion revealed that actress Emmanuelle Chriqui will act as the brand's spokesperson for North America.
FAIRBANKS — The new municipal natural gas utility plans to focus on initially bringing natural gas distribution to the North Pole area, leaving Fairbanks to private enterprise.
(AP) — Hundreds of ranchers and other natural resource users are expected to attend the Wyoming Natural Resources Rendezvous next week in Casper.
Natural Concrete Products was incorporated in 2002 and since has developed a process to produce the most natural retaining wall products on the market.
Mark Day has been to The Koytendag Nature Reserve (formerly known as the Kugitang Nature Reserve, established in 1986) located in the Lebap province of Turkmenistan.
Rather than find ways to cooperate with the natural world, America's agribusiness giants reach for the next quick fix in a futile effort to overpower nature.
Based in Asheville, Essential Journeys makes bath and body products from with natural ingredients like aloe vera, vitamin E and natural beeswax.
The following story is contributed by the Florida Museum of Natural History, one of Natural History magazine's Museum Partners.
You might say Jim Clyburn is a force of nature going up against the defenders of nature.
Building on the success of its original Nature's Path Heritage Flakes, Richmond, British Columbia-based Nature's Path introduces Nature's Path Heritage Crunch, a blend of ancient grain flakes and crispy clusters of granola.

In science:

Subsection 3.1 will show how this leads naturally to the study of certain probability measures MGL,u,q on the set of all partitions of all natural numbers.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
If associating disorder with broken ob jects is the most natural thing to do, then searching for an order even in this disorder is the next natural thing.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
This discussion gives us an example that at the quantum level the Nambu-Goto action (natural source for linear constraints) and the Polyakov action (the natural source for quadratic constraints) are not equivalent to each other.
A note on topological brane theories
Naturally, these results are not at all generic, relying as they do on the free-fermion nature of the problem.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
For an H-module algebra A, here called an H-algebra, and a finite dimensional H-module V , one would like a natural algebra structure on A ⊗ End(V ) together with a natural H-action, to turn it into an H-algebra.
Equivariant Cyclic Cohomology of H-Algebras