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Middle English , from natur, nature Old French , from nature Latin ( nātūra “ birth, origin, natural constitution or quality ”), future participle from perfect passive participle ( (g)natus “ born ”), from deponent verb ( (g)nasci “ to be born, originate ”) + future participle suffix . Displaced native -urus Middle English ( cunde, icunde “ nature, property, type, genus, character ”) (from Old English ), ġecynd Middle English ( lund “ nature, disposition ”) (from Old Norse ), lund Middle English ( burthe “ nature, birth, nation ”) (from Old English and ġebyrd Old Norse ). More at *byrðr . kind
nature ( , countable and uncountable plural ) natures
( uncountable ) The natural world; consisting of all things unaffected by or predating human technology, production and design. e.g. the ecosystem, the natural environment, virgin ground, unmodified species, laws of nature.
Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859)
Nature has caprices which art cannot imitate.
1891, Oscar Wilde,
The Decay of Lying
Nature has good intentions, of course, but, as Aristotle once said, she cannot carry them out. When I look at a landscape I cannot help seeing all its defects. The
innate characteristics of a thing. What something will tend by its own constitution, to be or do. Distinct from what might be expected or intended.
1920, Herman Cyril McNeile, , Ch.1:
nature of a cheerful disposition, the symptom did not surprise his servant, late private of the same famous regiment, who was laying breakfast in an adjoining room.
1869, Horatio Alger, Jr., , Mark the Match Boy Ch.16:
Mark hardly knew whether to believe this or not. He already began to suspect that Roswell was something of a humbug, and though it was not in his
nature to form a causeless dislike, he certainly did not feel disposed to like Roswell. The
summary of everything that has to do with biological, chemical and physical states and events in the physical universe.
John Milton (1608-1674)
I oft admire / How
Nature, wise and frugal, could commit / Such disproportions.
: 2012 January 1, Robert M. Pringle, “ How to Be Manipulative”, , volume 100, number 1, page 31 American Scientist
As in much of biology, the most satisfying truths in ecology derive from manipulative experimentation. Tinker with nature and quantify how it responds. Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artificial, or forced, or remote from actual experience.
Kind, sort; character; quality.
John Dryden (1631-1700)
A dispute of this
nature caused mischief.
1915, Emerson Hough, , The Purchase Price chapterII:
Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the
nature of their errand and their own relations.
( obsolete ) Physical constitution or existence; the vital powers; the natural life.
( obsolete ) Natural affection or reverence.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
Have we not seen / The murdering son ascend his parent's bed, / Through violated
nature force his way?
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natyrë f Aragonese:
natura f Armenian:
( էություն ēutʿyun), ( բնույթ bnuytʿ), ( բնություն bnutʿyun) Azeri:
please add this translation if you can Belarusian:
прыро́да (be) ( f pryróda) Burmese:
စရိုက် ( (my) ca.ruik) Catalan:
natura (ca) f Czech:
povaha f Danish:
natur c Dutch:
natuur (nl) f Esperanto:
, loomus natuur Faroese:
náttúra f Finnish:
luonne , (fi) luonto (fi) French:
nature (fr) f Galician:
natura (gl) f Georgian:
( ბუნება buneba) German:
Natur (de) f Greek:
φύση (el) ( f fýsi) Hebrew:
טֶבַע (he) ( m téva) Hindi:
( स्वभाव svabhāv) Hungarian:
természet , (hu) jelleg (hu) Icelandic:
náttúra (is) , f eðli n Ido:
naturo (io) Irish:
dúchas m Italian:
natura (it) f Japanese:
性質 ( (ja) せいしつ, ) seishitsu Khmer:
( ធម្មជាតិ tʰoammea’ jiet) Kurdish:
sirişt , (ku) xweza , (ku) xwerist , (ku) tebîet , (ku) natûr
( سروشت sroosht)
natura f Latvian:
daba f Low German:
natuur (nds) f Macedonian:
природа ( f priroda), ќуд ( f ḱud), нарав ( m narav), суштина ( f suština) Nogai:
( табиат tabiat) Norwegian:
natur (no) m Old Provençal:
طبیعت , (fa) سرشت ( (fa) serešt) Polish:
natura (pl) f Portuguese:
natureza (pt) f Romanian:
natură (ro) f Russian:
приро́да (ru) ( f priróda), нату́ра (ru) ( f natúra) Scottish Gaelic:
gnè , f nàdar m Serbo-Croatian:
на́рав , f при́рода f Roman:
nárav , f príroda f Slovak:
príroda f Slovene:
narava (sl) f Spanish:
naturaleza (es) f Swedish:
natur (sv) c Tajik:
( табиат tabiat) Telugu:
స్వభావము ( (te) svabhāvamu) Ukrainian:
приро́да (uk) ( f pryróda) Vietnamese:
tính , (vi) bản chất , (vi) bản tính (vi) Volapük:
please add this translation if you can Yiddish:
טבֿע ( f teyve), נאַטור ( f natur)
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nature ( third-person singular simple present , natures present participle , naturing simple past and past participle ) natured
( obsolete ) To endow with natural qualities.
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Latin . nātūra
nature ( f oblique plural , natures nominative singular , nature nominative plural ) natures
(natural world; nonhuman world)
: circa 1170, Chrétien de Troyes, Érec et Énide
De cesti tesmoingne
Qu'onques si bele creature
Ne fu veüe an tot le monde.
Nature can testify
That never such a beautiful creature
Was seen in the whole world
(character; qualities) nature