The existing system of things; the world of matter, or of
matter and mind; the creation; the universe.
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.
The established or regular course of things; usual order of
events; connection of cause and effect.
Conformity to that which is natural, as distinguished from
that which is artifical, or forced, or remote from actual experience.
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
Hence: Kind, sort; character; quality.
Physical constitution or existence; the vital powers; the