Nature has the same meaning as the word Spirit.
Natural : of spirit
Most definitions of the word nature will define it in vague terms. Such as listing things of the physical world then specifying that nature is something not made by humans.
For instance, Cambridge Dictionaries Online:
“all the animals, plants, rocks, etc. in the world and all the features, forces, and processes that happen or exist independently of people, such as the weather, the sea, mountains, the production of young animals or plants, and growth:”
Or, a little more succinctly, Oxford Dictionaries:
“The phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations:”
These definitions will assert that the root of the word comes from Middle English, Old French and Latin.
Looking deeper the Egyptian root word “ntr” can be found. Ntr, pronounced ~ ‘neter’, is the ancient Egyptian word for “spirit”. Try this definition of “nature” for a while and see if it provides more clarity of meaning in the context of its use.
Most studies of the word “nature” will look no further than the Latin language, or even actively deny the Egyptian roots of Latin words. However, current studies are starting to document the large influence of Egyptian on the formation of Greco-Latin languages.
“The Influence of the Ancient Egyptian Language on the European Languages”
by Ramy Samir MINA