Nature

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Etymology

From Middle English natur, nature, from Template:Fro {{ Template:Fro/script |[[nature#Template:Fro|nature]]|face=term|lang=fro}}, from {{la|nātūra||birth, origin, natural constitution or quality}}, future participle from perfect passive participle [[natus#|(g)natus]] (born), from deponent verb (g)nasci (to be born, originate) + future participle suffix [[-urus#|-urus]]. Replaced native Middle English cunde, icunde (nature, property, type, genus, character) (from Old English {{ang|ġecynd}}), Middle English lund (nature, disposition) (from Old Norse lund), Middle English burthe (nature, birth, nation) (from Old English {{ang|ġebyrd}} and Old Norse {{non|*byrðr}}). More at [[kind#|kind]].

Pronunciation

Noun

Nature (plural [[~#|~]])
  1. Lëtzebuergesch: en
    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.
  2. 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, Bulldog Drummond, Ch.1:
      Being by 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.
  3. The summary of everything that has to do with biological, chemical and physical states and events in the physical universe.
  4. Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from that which is artificial, or forced, or remote from actual experience.
  5. Kind, sort; character; quality.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700)
      A dispute of this nature caused mischief.
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      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.
  6. Lëtzebuergesch: en
    Physical constitution or existence; the vital powers; the natural life.
  7. Lëtzebuergesch: en
    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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Verb

Nature (third-person singular simple present [[Natures#|Natures]], present participle [[Natureing#|Natureing]], simple past and past participle [[Natureed#|Natureed]])
  1. (Articlesobsolete) To endow with natural qualities.

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Esperanto

Adverb

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  1. naturally

French

Etymology

{{la|nātūra}}.

Pronunciation

Noun

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  1. [[nature#|nature]]

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Adjective

une brioche nature

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  1. plain, unseasoned
    Une brioche nature ou sucrée ?
    File-moi un yaourt nature s’il te plait.

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Italian

Noun

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  1. Plural form of [[natura#|natura]]

Adjective

Nature (invariable)

  1. natural

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Latin

Participle

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  1. Template:Inflection of

Middle French

Etymology

{{la|nātūra}}.

Noun

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  1. [[nature#|nature]]

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Novial

Etymology

{{la|nātūra}}.

Noun

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  1. [[nature#|nature]]

Old French

Etymology

{{la|nātūra}}.

Noun

Template:Fro-noun

  1. [[nature#|nature]] (natural world; nonhuman world)
  2. [[nature#|nature]] (character; qualities)

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