the forces of nature

force of nature

1. Literally, the earth's powerful climatological phenomena, such as wind or rain, that humans cannot control. Often used in the plural. The idea is to harness the forces of nature to create alternative, renewable energy sources. In this part of the country, you're at greater risk from the forces of nature than any criminals or wild animals.
2. Someone or something with a huge and seemingly unstoppable amount of energy, influence, or force. The gold-medal cyclist is a force of nature to behold on the road, enduring conditions that would make the most stalwart athletes wilt. People are paying respects to the late senator, a political force of nature who shook up the entire landscape in Washington, D.C.
See also: force, nature, of

the forces of ˈnature

the power of the wind, rain, etc., especially when it causes damage or harm: This is one of the few areas of the country where the forces of nature are in control, which is why people don’t live here.
See also: force, nature, of
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All that we know of the external world of nature is only a certain relation of the forces of nature to inevitability, or of the essence of life to the laws of reason.
Looking back after much love and much trouble, the instinct of primitive man, who seeks to personify the forces of Nature for his affection and for his fear, is awakened again in the breast of one civilized beyond that stage even in his infancy.
The connection between all the forces of nature is felt instinctively.
A certain lack of acumen in psychological questions and the condition of affairs in England at the time Darwin wrote, may both, according to Nietzsche, have induced the renowned naturalist to describe the forces of nature as he did in his "Origin of Species".
With this one, all the forces of nature that are occult and deep and strong must have worked together in some wonderous way.
The Forces of Nature presenter (and former pop star), 48, tells us what entertains him.
He also looks at how our world is built up of myriad shapes which all obey the forces of nature no matter where or what they are.
Human actions are beginning to challenge and to change the forces of nature.
At first the four men feel that the forces of nature around them have conscious intentions, both helpful and hostile.
In addition to "wearing out the deck" of his home pacing as he observed ocean storms, he traveled to Nassau, Cuba, Florida, Bermuda, interpreting the bright Caribbean light on the exotic scenery, omitting human figures, showing them in their struggle against the forces of nature, or displaying their fragility against vast expanses of sea and sky.
The forces of nature are much more powerful than any chaos that humans can produce, and are harder to control than terrorism.
Truly it is a disaster of global proportions that underscores our vulnerability before the forces of nature," he said.
Crew chiefs, aircraft portable hand-held fire extinguishers that are handled frequently and exposed to the forces of nature can have worn-out data plates.
Brian Greene tries to explain scientists' quest to find a ``theory of everything'' that unites all the forces of nature - both large and imperceptibly small - in ``The Elegant Universe.
It emerges from the hillside and forest, an industrial relic still holding its own against the forces of nature.