What is 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"
    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:

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 ...
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 ...
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
... 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 ... Cyril Diver as Director General of The Nature Conservancy in 1952 and served until 1966, just after the Conservancy lost its independent status ... group that created the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) (now the World Wide Fund for Nature) ...
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) ... cannot be better exemplified than with regard to the theory of the equality of human nature." Charles H ... right is based, not upon's opinions, but upon Nature." ...

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

Famous quotes containing the word nature:

    Three years she grew in sun and shower,
    Then Nature said, ‘A lovelier flower
    On earth was never sown;
    This Child I to myself will take;
    William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

    Socrates ... brought human wisdom back down from heaven, where she was wasting her time, and restored her to man.... It is impossible to go back further and lower. He did a great favor to human nature by showing how much it can do by itself.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)

    Poor shad! where is thy redress? When Nature gave thee instinct, gave she thee the heart to bear thy fate? Still wandering the sea in thy scaly armor to inquire humbly at the mouths of rivers if man has perchance left them free for thee to enter.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)