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Nature Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    nature n
  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; "problems of this type are very difficult to solve"; "he's interested in trains and things of that nature"; "matters of a personal nature"
Nature Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Nature \Na"ture\, v. t. To endow with natural qualities. [Obs.] He [God] which natureth every kind. --Gower.
Nature Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Nature \Na"ture\ (?; 135), n. [F., fr. L. natura, fr. natus born, produced, p. p. of nasci to be born. See Nation.]
  1. The existing system of things; the world of matter, or of matter and mind; the creation; the universe. 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. I oft admire How Nature, wise and frugal, could commit Such disproportions. --Milton.
  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 artifical, 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. Thou, therefore, whom thou only canst redeem, Their nature also to thy nature join, And be thyself man among men on earth. --Milton.
  6. Hence: Kind, sort; character; quality. A dispute of this nature caused mischief. --Dryden.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Nature'


Nature, in the broadest sense, is equivalent to the natural world, physical world, or material world. "Nature" refers to the phenomena of the physical world, and also to life in general. It ranges in scale from the subatomic to the cosmic.

The word nature is derived from the Latin word natura, or "essential qualities, innate disposition", and in ancient times, literally meant "birth".

Within the various uses of the word today, "nature" may refer to the general realm of various types of living plants and animals, and in some cases to the processes associated with inanimate objects–the way that particular types of things exist and change of their own accord, such as the weather and geology of the Earth, and the matter and energy of which all these things are composed. It is often taken to mean the "natural environment" or wilderness–wild animals, rocks, forest, beaches, and in general those things that have not been substantially altered by human intervention, or which persist despite human intervention. For, example, manufactured objects and human interaction generally are not considered part of nature, unless qualified as, for example, "human nature" or "the whole of nature". This more traditional concept of natural things which can still be found today implies a distinction between the natural and the artificial, with the artificial being understood as that which has been brought into being by a human consciousness or a human mind. Depending on the particular context, the term "natural" might also be distinguished from the unnatural, the supernatural, and the artifactual.

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* It is the common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They misjudge individual speeches for public policy. (Answering North Vietnamese charge that US could not endure) - Lyndon B. Johnson

* This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. - George Bernard Shaw

* To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world sparkles with light. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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