Nature

Definition of Nature

Na´ture
n.1.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.
- Pope.
Nature has caprices which art can not imitate.
- Macaulay.
2.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.
3.The established or regular course of things; usual order of events; connection of cause and effect.
4.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.
- Shak.
5.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.
6.Kind, sort; character; quality.
A dispute of this nature caused mischief.
- Dryden.
7.Physical constitution or existence; the vital powers; the natural life.
Oppressed nature sleeps.
- Shak.
8.Natural affection or reverence.
9.Constitution or quality of mind or character.
That reverence which is due to a superior nature.
- Addison.
Good nature
see under Good and Ill.
In a state of nature
a - Naked as when born; nude.
b - In a condition of sin; unregenerate.
c - Untamed; uncivilized.
Nature printing
a process of printing from metallic or other plates which have received an impression, as by heavy pressure, of an object such as a leaf, lace, or the like.
Nature worship
the worship of the personified powers of nature.
To pay the debt of nature
to die.
v. t.1.To endow with natural qualities.

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