n. Birth; origin; parentage; original stock.n. The forces or processes of the material world, conceived of as an agency intermediate between the Creator and the world, producing all organisms and preserving the regular order of things: as, in the old dictum, “nature abhors a vacuum.” In this sense nature is often persouified.n. The metaphysical principle of life; the power of growth; that which causes organisms to develop each in its predeterminate way.n. Cel. Let us sit and mock the good housewife Fortune. … Those that she makes fair she scarce mates honest, and those that she makes honest she makes very ill-favouredly.n. . Cause; occasion; that which produces anything.n. The material and spiritual universe, as distinguished from the Creator; the system of things of whieh man forms a part; creation, especially that part of it which more immediately surrounds man and affects his senses, as mountains, seas, rivers, woods, etc.: as, the beauties of nature; in a restricted sense, whatever is produced without artificial aid, and exists unchanged by man, and is thus opposed to art.n. Hence That which is conformed to nature or to truth and reality, as distinguished from that which is artificial, forced, conventional, or remote from actual experience; naturalness.n. Inherent constitution, property, or quality: essential character, quality, or kind; the qualities or attributes whieh constitute a being or thing what it is, and distinguish it from all others; also, kind; sort; species; category: as, the nature of the soul; the divine nature; it is the nature of fire to burn; the compensation was in the nature of a fee.n. An original, wild, undomesticated condition, as of an animal or a plant; also, the primitive condition of man antecedent to institutions, especially to political institutions: as, to live in a state of nature.n. The primitive aboriginal instincts, qualities, and tendencies common to mankind of all races and in all ages, as unchanged or uninfluenced by civilization; especially, the instinctive or spontaneous sense of justice, benevolence, affection, self-preservation, love of show, etc., common to mankind; naturalness of thought, feeling, or action; humanity.n. The physical or moral constitution of man; physical or moral being; the personality.n. Inborn or innate character, disposition, or inclination; inherent bent or disposition; individual constitution or temperament; inbred or natural endowments, as opposed to acquired; hence, by metonymy, a person so endowed: as, we instinctively look up to a superior nature.n. The vital powers of man; vitality; vital force; life; also, natural course of life; lifetime.n. In theology, the natural unregenerate state of the soul; moral character in its original condition, unaffected by grace.n. Conscience.n. Spontaneity. abandon; felicity; truth; naturalness.n. Kindly disposition: a natural disposition such that one does not readily take or give offense; an easy, indulgent spirit.n. In theology, in a state of sin; unregencrated.n. The regular course of human life.n. See law, 3Natural; growing spontaneously: as, nature grass; nature hay.To endow with distinctive natural qualities.