Simple Definition of nature
: the physical world and everything in it (such as plants, animals, mountains, oceans, stars, etc.) that is not made by people
: the natural forces that control what happens in the world
: the way that a person or animal behaves : the character or personality of a person or animal
Full Definition of nature
2 a : a creative and controlling force in the universe b : an inner force or the sum of such forces in an individual
3 : a kind or class usually distinguished by fundamental or essential characteristics <documents of a confidential nature> <acts of a ceremonial nature>
4 : the physical constitution or drives of an organism; especially : an excretory organ or function —used in phrases like the call of nature
5 : a spontaneous attitude (as of generosity)
6 : the external world in its entirety
7 a : humankind's original or natural condition b : a simplified mode of life resembling this condition
8 : the genetically controlled qualities of an organism
Examples of nature
He devoted himself to the study of nature.
That is a color not found in nature.
Hunger is nature's way of telling you to eat.
Gravity is one of the basic laws of nature.
The differences in their natures was easy to see.
She's very competitive by nature.
Origin of nature
Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin natura, from natus, past participle of nasci to be born — more at nation
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of nature
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Definition of nature
1 : the physical world and everything in it <It is one of the most beautiful creatures found in nature.>
2 : natural scenery or surroundings <We took a hike to enjoy nature.>
3 : the basic character of a person or thing <Scientists studied the nature of the new substance.>
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