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nature meaning

[ 'neitʃə ] Pronunciation:   "nature" in a sentence
  • Noun: nature  neychu(r)
    1. The essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized
      "it is the nature of fire to burn"; "the true nature of jealousy" 
    2. 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. The natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.
      "they tried to preserve nature as they found it" 
    4. The complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions
      "it is his nature to help others" 
    5. A particular type of thing
      "he's interested in trains and things of that nature"; "matters of a personal nature"

    Derived forms: natures

    See also: good-natured, ill-natured

    Type of: causal agency, causal agent, cause, cosmos, creation, existence, macrocosm, quality, trait, type, universe, world

    Part of: personality

    Encyclopedia: Nature Nature, red in tooth and claw


  • [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)

  • [Computer]
    (From Zen Buddhist koans of the form "Does an X have the Buddha-nature?") Common hacker construction for "is an X", used for humorous emphasis. "Anyone who can't even use a program with on-screen help embedded in it truly has the loser nature!" See also the X that can be Y is not the true X.

Examples

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  1. light sets the speed limit for nature.
  2. human nature is particularly prone to it.
  3. human nature is a nuisance, isn't it?
  4. his speech was in the nature of an apology.
  5. it was not in human nature not to admire him.

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