1. [ noun ] the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized

"it is the nature of fire to burn" "the true nature of jealousy"

Related terms: quality characteristic
2. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: causal_agent
3. [ noun ] a wild primitive state untouched by civilization
Synonyms: natural_state state_of_nature wild

"he lived in the wild"

Related terms: state crudeness
4. [ noun ] the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.

"they tried to preserve nature as they found it"

Related terms: universe
5. [ noun ] everything that exists anywhere
Synonyms: world universe cosmos existence macrocosm creation

"they study the evolution of the universe" "the biggest tree in existence"

Related terms: natural_object natural_order closed_universe galaxy celestial_body estraterrestrial_body
6. [ noun ] the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions

: "it is his nature to help others"

Related terms: trait disposition sociality complexion animality personality good-natured good-natured ill-natured
7. [ noun ] all non-artificial phenomena
Synonyms: natural_phenomenon
Related terms: phenomenon physical_phenomenon organic_phenomenon geological_phenomenon chemical_phenomenon
8. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: type
Similar spelling:   natter