- in an uncivilized or uncultured condition.
- without clothes; nude; naked.
Origin of nature
Examples from the Web for nature
The “nature of the crime” was too serious to release him, they said.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That explanation is believable…but increasingly less so when you hear Jay talk about the nature of his relationship with Adnan.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline|Emily Shire|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Along the river, crumbling remnants of an active trading hub are overtaken by nature.
“Heavy water”, or D2O, is even less common in nature, though nuclear engineers make and use it in some reactors.
The second deals with the nature of the love affair that is central to the script.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was his nature to be happy and jolly; he could not help radiating sunshine all the time.The Boy Scouts of the Naval Reserve|Robert Shaler
Never surely was man better cut out by nature for the post of convent physician!Letters of Two Brides|Honore de Balzac
Sufficient has been said to prove the superiority of spiritual life over the whole aspects and manifestations of Nature.An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy|W. Tudor Jones
Time and accident had changed him; moreover, he could bring art to the assistance of nature.Lysbeth|H. Rider Haggard
He warily sounded a nature that could be warped to the exigencies of any plan, provided it was profitable.Sons of the Soil|Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for nature
Word Origin for nature
Word Origin and History for nature
late 13c., "restorative powers of the body, bodily processes; powers of growth;" from Old French nature "nature, being, principle of life; character, essence," from Latin natura "course of things; natural character, constitution, quality; the universe," literally "birth," from natus "born," past participle of nasci "to be born," from PIE *gene- "to give birth, beget" (see genus).
From late 14c. as "creation, the universe;" also "heredity, birth, hereditary circumstance; essential qualities, innate disposition" (e.g. human nature); "nature personified, Mother Nature." Specifically as "material world beyond human civilization or society" from 1660s. Nature and nurture have been contrasted since 1874.
Nature should be avoided in such vague expressions as 'a lover of nature,' 'poems about nature.' Unless more specific statements follow, the reader cannot tell whether the poems have to do with natural scenery, rural life, the sunset, the untouched wilderness, or the habits of squirrels." [Strunk & White, "The Elements of Style," 3rd ed., 1979]
Science definitions for nature
Idioms and Phrases with nature
see call of nature; good nature; second nature.