[ ney-cher ]
/ ˈneɪ tʃər /
the material world, especially as surrounding humankind and existing independently of human activities.
the natural world as it exists without human beings or civilization: In nature, wild dogs hunt in packs.
the elements of the natural world, as mountains, trees, animals, or rivers: The abandoned power plant was reclaimed by nature, covered in overgrowth and home to feral animals.
natural scenery: Tourists at the resort are surrounded by nature.
the universe, with all its phenomena: Conservation of energy is a universal law of nature.
the sum total of the forces at work throughout the universe.
reality, as distinguished from any effect of art: a portrait true to nature.
the particular combination of qualities belonging to a person, animal, thing, or class by birth, origin, or constitution; native or inherent character: human nature.
the instincts or inherent tendencies directing conduct: a man of good nature.
character, kind, or sort: two books of the same nature.
characteristic disposition; temperament: a self-willed nature; an evil nature.
the original, natural, uncivilized condition of humankind.
the biological functions or the urges to satisfy their requirements.
a primitive, wild condition; an uncultivated state.
a simple, uncluttered mode of life without the conveniences or distractions of civilization: a return to nature.
(initial capital letter, italics) a prose work (1836), by Ralph Waldo Emerson, expounding transcendentalism.
Theology. the moral state as unaffected by grace.
- in an uncivilized or uncultured condition.
- without clothes; nude; naked.
by nature, as a result of inborn or inherent qualities; innately: She is by nature a kindhearted person.
in a state of nature,
of/in the nature of, having the character or qualities of: in the nature of an apology.
Origin of nature
1200–50; Middle English natur(e) < Old French < Latin nātūra conditions of birth, quality, character, natural order, world, equivalent to nāt(us) (past participle of nāscī to be born) + -ūra -ure
Related formsna·ture·like, adjectivean·ti·na·ture, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for naturelike
/ (ˈneɪtʃə) /
the fundamental qualities of a person or thing; identity or essential character
(often capital, esp when personified) the whole system of the existence, arrangement, forces, and events of all physical life that are not controlled by man
all natural phenomena and plant and animal life, as distinct from man and his creations
a wild primitive state untouched by man or civilization
natural unspoilt scenery or countryside
disposition or temperament
tendencies, desires, or instincts governing behaviour
the normal biological needs or urges of the body
sort; kind; character
the real appearance of a person or thinga painting very true to nature
accepted standards of basic morality or behaviour
biology the complement of genetic material that partly determines the structure of an organism; genotypeCompare nurture (def. 3)
Irish sympathy and fondness for one's own people or native placeshe is full of nature
against nature unnatural or immoral
by nature essentially or innately
call of nature informal, euphemistic, or jocular the need to urinate or defecate
from nature using natural models in drawing, painting, etc
in the nature of or of the nature of essentially the same as; by way of
Word Origin for nature
C13: via Old French from Latin nātūra, from nātus, past participle of nascī to be born
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Science definitions for naturelike
[ nā′chər ]
The world and its naturally occurring phenomena, together with all of the physical laws that govern them.
Living organisms and their environments.
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Idioms and Phrases with naturelike
see call of nature; good nature; second nature.
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