What is nature?

  • (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"
    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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Some articles on 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 ...
Edward Max Nicholson - Ornithology and Conservation
... a British state research council for natural sciences and 'biological service', The Nature Conservancy (1949–1973), and allowed for the legal protection of National ... 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 ... 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 ...
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) ... be better exemplified than with regard to the theory of the equality of human nature." Charles H ... are born for Justice, and that right is based, not upon's opinions, but upon Nature." ...
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 an area of 8 ha ... See also Nature reserves in Lower Saxony ...

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): The natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc..
    Example: "They tried to preserve nature as they found it"
  • (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:

    Without doubt God is the universal moving force, but each being is moved according to the nature that God has given it.... He directs angels, man, animals, brute matter, in sum all created things, but each according to its nature, and man having been created free, he is freely led. This rule is truly the eternal law and in it we must believe.
    Joseph De Maistre (1753–1821)

    For what are the classics but the noblest thoughts of man? They are the only oracles which are not decayed, and there are such answers to the most modern inquiry in them as Delphi and Dodona never gave. We might as well omit to study Nature because she is old.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Most books belong to the house and street only, and in the fields their leaves feel very thin. They are bare and obvious, and have no halo nor haze about them. Nature lies far and fair behind them all. But this, as it proceeds from, so it addresses, what is deepest and most abiding in man. It belongs to the noontide of the day, the midsummer of the year, and after the snows have melted, and the waters evaporated in the spring, still its truth speaks freshly to our experience.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)