|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"
|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"
|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|
|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"