What is nature?

  • (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"
    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:

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 ... Captain Cyril Diver as Director General of The Nature Conservancy in 1952 and served until 1966, just after the Conservancy lost its independent status ... that created the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) (now the World Wide Fund for 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 an area of 8 ha ... See also Nature reserves in Lower Saxony ...
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 ... that "we are born for Justice, and that right is based, not upon's opinions, but upon 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 essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized.
    Example: "It is the nature of fire to burn"; "the true nature of jealousy"
  • (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): The natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc..
    Example: "They tried to preserve nature as they found it"
  • (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"

Famous quotes containing the word nature:

    [University students] hated the hypocrisy of adult society, the rigidity of its political institutions, the impersonality of its bureaucracies. They sought to create a society that places human values before materialistic ones, that has a little less head and a little more heart, that is dominated by self-interest and loves its neighbor more. And they were persuaded that group protest of a militant nature would advance those goals.
    Muriel Beadle (b. 1915)

    ‘Tis happy, therefore, that nature breaks the force of all sceptical arguments in time, and keeps them from having any considerable influence on the understanding. Were we to trust entirely to their self-destruction, that can never take place, ‘till they have first subverted all conviction, and have totally destroy’d human reason.
    David Hume (1711–1776)

    For true poetry, complete poetry, consists in the harmony of contraries. Hence, it is time to say aloud—and it is here above all that exceptions prove the rule—that everything that exists in nature exists in art.
    Victor Hugo (1802–1885)