exact science


Definition of exact science

: a science (such as physics, chemistry, or astronomy) whose laws are capable of accurate quantitative expression

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If there’s an academy for boy-band voguing, Shawn Mendes must have been the valedictorian: Dude has his Girl-I-Want-You-Girl body language down to an exact science. Ashley Naftule, azcentral, "Shawn Mendes makes all the girls (and women) scream At Gila River Arena," 10 July 2019 While mapping flooding risk isn’t an exact science, just the suggestion of elevated flood risk can scare off buyers and devastate an owner’s ability to sell his or her home. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Is Your Home at Risk of Flooding? The Data Is Hard to Find," 13 June 2019 There isn’t an exact science to composing but a starting point for good compositions is, of course, always practicing. National Geographic, "Your best photos of the week, June 7, 2019," 7 June 2019 Figuring out if that core appeal is there pre-launch, of course, is not an exact science. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Did Fallout 76 launch too early or just in time to be saved?," 4 June 2019 Shutterstock Measuring the opinions of people who see a film is far from an exact science. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "CinemaScore, Rotten Tomatoes, and movie audience scores, explained," 13 Aug. 2018 Choosing App Permissions App permissions are the privileges an app has—like being able to access your phone's camera or your laptop's contact list—but deciding which ones to switch on or off isn't an exact science. David Nield, WIRED, "How to See Everything Your Apps Are Allowed to Do," 5 July 2018 Pediatrician Eric Ball pointed out that evaluating cries can never be an exact science. CBS News, "ChatterBaby app could help parents figure out why their baby is crying," 28 June 2018 But the whole process is not an exact science — there’s still a lot of experimentation. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "This is how Lime moves around and charges their dockless scooters in San Francisco," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of exact science

1843, in the meaning defined above

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exact science

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Medical Definition of exact science

: a science (as physics, chemistry, or astronomy) whose laws are capable of accurate quantitative expression

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to form ideas or theories about something

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