big science

noun, often capitalized B&S

Definition of big science 

: large-scale scientific research consisting of projects funded usually by a national government or group of governments

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Increasingly ambitious big science projects, such as a massive particle accelerator now under study, are a lure as well, says Cao Cong, a science policy specialist at the University of Nottingham Ningbo in China, an affiliate of the U.K. university. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "With generous funding and top-tier jobs, China seeks to lure science talent from abroad," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of big science

1914, in the meaning defined above

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