What is nature?

  • (noun): The natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc..
    Example: "They tried to preserve nature as they found it"
    See also — Additional definitions below

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.

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Natural And Legal Rights - History - Ancient History
... The Stoics held that no one was a slave by nature slavery was an external condition juxtaposed to the internal freedom of the soul (sui juris) ... to the theory of the equality of human nature." Charles H ... De Legibus that "we are born for Justice, and that right is based, not upon's opinions, but upon Nature." ...
Riga District - Nature
... The north-eastern part of former Riga District is covered by the largest deciduous forests in Latvia ... The Gauja National Park is part of these forests and has more than 900 kinds of plants, 48 species of mammals and 149 species of birds ...
Heidekreis - Culture and Places of Interest - Nature Reserves
... There are es 26 nature reserves in the county of Soltau-Fallingbostel ... The largest one (Lüneburg Heath Nature Reserve) has an area of 13,222 ha in the territory of the county of Soltau-Fallingbostel, the smallest (Söhlbruch) has ... See also Nature reserves in Lower Saxony ...
Edward Max Nicholson - Ornithology and Conservation
... research council for natural sciences and 'biological service', The Nature Conservancy (1949–1973), and allowed for the legal protection of National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) ... He replaced Captain Cyril Diver as Director General of The Nature Conservancy in 1952 and served until 1966, just after the Conservancy lost its independent status ... formed the organising group that created the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) (now the World Wide Fund for Nature) ...
Nature - Beyond Earth
... Outer space is certainly spacious, but it is far from empty ... Outer space is sparsely filled with several dozen types of organic molecules discovered to date by microwave spectroscopy, blackbody radiation left over from the big bang and the origin of the universe, and cosmic rays, which include ionized atomic nuclei and various subatomic particles ...

More definitions of "nature":

  • (noun): The complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions.
    Example: "It is his nature to help others"
  • (noun): A causal agent creating and controlling things in the universe.
    Example: "The laws of nature"; "nature has seen to it that men are stronger than women"
  • (noun): A particular type of thing.
    Example: "Problems of this type are very difficult to solve"; "he's interested in trains and things of that nature"; "matters of a personal nature"
  • (noun): The essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized.
    Example: "It is the nature of fire to burn"; "the true nature of jealousy"

Famous quotes containing the word nature:

    But the nature of our civilized minds is so detached from the senses, even in the vulgar, by abstractions corresponding to all the abstract terms our languages abound in, and so refined by the art of writing, and as it were spiritualized by the use of numbers, because even the vulgar know how to count and reckon, that it is naturally beyond our power to form the vast image of this mistress called “Sympathetic Nature.”
    Giambattista Vico (1688–1744)

    Since I was man,
    Such sheets of fire, such bursts of horrid thunder,
    Such groans of roaring wind and rain, I never
    Remember to have heard. Man’s nature cannot carry
    Th’affliction nor the fear.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    All nature seemed to be
    In perfect harmony.
    James F. Hanley (1892–1942 )