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 for Nature
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nature \Na"ture\ (?; 135), n. [F., fr. L. natura, fr. natus
     born, produced, p. p. of nasci to be born. See Nation.]
     1. The existing system of things; the universe of matter,
        energy, time and space; the physical world; all of
        creation. Contrasted with the world of mankind, with its
        mental and social phenomena.
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              But looks through nature up to nature's God. --Pope.
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              When, in the course of human Events, it becomes
              necessary for one People to dissolve the Political
              Bonds which have connected them with another, ans to
              assume among the powers of the earth the separate
              and equal Station which the Laws of Nature and of
              Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the
              Opinions of Mankind requires that they should
              declare the causes that impel them to the
              Separation.                           --Declaration
              Nature has caprices which art can not imitate.
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     2. The personified sum and order of causes and effects; the
        powers which produce existing phenomena, whether in the
        total or in detail; the agencies which carry on the
        processes of creation or of being; -- often conceived of
        as a single and separate entity, embodying the total of
        all finite agencies and forces as disconnected from a
        creating or ordering intelligence; as, produced by nature;
        the forces of nature.
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              I oft admire
              How Nature, wise and frugal, could commit
              Such disproportions.                  --Milton.
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     3. The established or regular course of things; usual order
        of events; connection of cause and effect.
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     4. Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from
        that which is artificial, or forced, or remote from actual
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              One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
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     5. The sum of qualities and attributes which make a person or
        thing what it is, as distinct from others; native
        character; inherent or essential qualities or attributes;
        peculiar constitution or quality of being.
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              Thou, therefore, whom thou only canst redeem,
              Their nature also to thy nature join,
              And be thyself man among men on earth. --Milton.
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     6. Hence: Kind, sort; character; quality.
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              A dispute of this nature caused mischief. --Dryden.
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     7. Physical constitution or existence; the vital powers; the
        natural life. "My days of nature." --Shak.
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              Oppressed nature sleeps.              --Shak.
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     8. Natural affection or reverence.
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              Have we not seen
              The murdering son ascend his parent's bed,
              Through violated nature force his way? --Pope.
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     9. Constitution or quality of mind or character.
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              A born devil, on whose nature
              Nurture can never stick.              --Shak.
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              That reverence which is due to a superior nature.
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     Good nature, Ill nature. see under Good and Ill.
     In a state of nature.
        (a) Naked as when born; nude.
        (b) In a condition of sin; unregenerate.
        (c) Untamed; uncivilized.
     Nature printing, a process of printing from metallic or
        other plates which have received an impression, as by
        heavy pressure, of an object such as a leaf, lace, or the
     Nature worship, the worship of the personified powers of
     To pay the debt of nature, to die.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nature \Na"ture\, v. t.
     To endow with natural qualities. [Obs.]
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           He [God] which natureth every kind.      --Gower.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the essential qualities or characteristics by which
           something is recognized; "it is the nature of fire to
           burn"; "the true nature of jealousy"
      2: a causal agent creating and controlling things in the
         universe; "the laws of nature"; "nature has seen to it that
         men are stronger than women"
      3: the natural physical world including plants and animals and
         landscapes etc.; "they tried to preserve nature as they found
      4: the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that
         determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions;
         "it is his nature to help others"
      5: a particular type of thing; "problems of this type are very
         difficult to solve"; "he's interested in trains and things of
         that nature"; "matters of a personal nature"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  243 Moby Thesaurus words for "nature":
     Copernican universe, Einsteinian universe, Newtonian universe,
     Ptolemaic universe, air, all, all being, all creation, allness,
     anatomy, animus, aptitude, aroma, artlessness, atom,
     atomic particles, attribute, attributes, badge, being, bent, bias,
     blood, body-build, brand, breed, brute matter, building block,
     by nature, cachet, cast, category, character, characteristic,
     characteristics, chemical element, clan, class, color, complexion,
     component, composition, configuration, conformation, constituent,
     constituents, constitution, cosmos, countryside, crasis,
     created nature, created universe, creation, cut, denomination,
     description, designation, dharma, diathesis, differentia,
     differential, disposition, distinctive feature, earmark, earth,
     eccentricity, element, elementary particle, elementary unit,
     environment, essence, essentiality, ethos, everything that is,
     expanding universe, feather, feature, features, fiber, figure,
     fire, flavor, form, frame, framework, fundamental particle, genius,
     genre, genuineness, genus, grain, gust, habit, hallmark, hue,
     humor, humors, hyle, hypostasis, identity, idiocrasy, idiosyncrasy,
     ilk, impress, impression, inartificiality, inclination, index,
     individualism, individuality, intactness, keynote, kidney, kin,
     kind, label, leaning, line, lineaments, lot, macrocosm,
     macrocosmos, make, makeup, manner, mannerism, mark, marking,
     material, material world, materiality, matter, megacosm,
     mental set, metagalaxy, mettle, mind, mind-set, mold, molecule,
     monad, mould, natural man, natural state, natural world,
     naturalism, naturally, naturalness, number, odor, omneity,
     particularity, peculiarity, personality, persuasion, phylum,
     physical world, physique, plenum, predilection, predisposition,
     preference, primitiveness, pristineness, proclivity, propensity,
     properties, property, pulsating universe, quality, quirk, race,
     savor, scenery, seal, set, shape, sidereal universe, simplicity,
     singularity, slant, smack, somatotype, sort, specialty, species,
     spirit, stamp, state of nature, steady-state universe, strain,
     streak, stripe, structure, stuff, style, substance, substratum,
     suchness, sum of things, system, taint, tang, taste, temper,
     temperament, tendency, tenor, texture, the four elements,
     the like of, the likes of, token, tone, totality,
     totality of being, trait, tribe, trick, turn, turn of mind, twist,
     type, unaffectation, unaffectedness, unartificialness,
     unassumingness, undisguise, unit of being, universe,
     unpretentiousness, unspoiledness, variety, vein, virginity, warp,
     water, way, whole wide world, wide world, wildness, world,
     world without end

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      See has the X nature.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  has the X nature
     (From Zen Buddhist koans of the form "Does an X have the
     Buddha-nature?") Common hacker construction for "is an X",
     used for humorous emphasis.  "Anyone who can't even use a
     program with on-screen help embedded in it truly has the
     loser nature!"  See also the X that can be Y is not the
     true X.
     [{Jargon File]

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