in·​ter·​dis·​ci·​plin·​ary | \ ˌin-tər-ˈdi-sə-plə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce interdisciplinary (audio) \

Definition of interdisciplinary

: involving two or more academic, scientific, or artistic disciplines

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interdisciplinarity \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌdi-​sə-​plə-​ˈner-​ə-​tē How to pronounce interdisciplinarity (audio) , -​ˈna-​rə-​ How to pronounce interdisciplinarity (audio) \ noun

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His interdisciplinary work, from his doctoral studies on, included researching cognitive science, cybernetics, and artificial intelligence. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Let Christopher Alexander design your life," 11 July 2019 Play is an interdisciplinary concept linking culturally specific ideas of creativity with expression. Larissa Hjorth, Quartz, "Social workers in Spain are prescribing Pokémon Go to fight loneliness," 8 July 2019 Now an interdisciplinary team of scientists has discovered that these unusual optical effects are due to the presence of metallic nanoparticles in the plates. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists found these old photographs contain metallic nanoparticles," 12 June 2019 Throughout the company’s 17 seasons, Adler has cast the net wide, creating 10 full-length interdisciplinary works and developing arts education programs for thousands of children and adults. Lauren Warnecke,, "‘Art in Response’ uses tanztheater, or dance, to ignite conversation about social justice," 1 May 2018 As part of the interdisciplinary Woman’s Place Project, students research powerful women throughout history, and the project culminates in a theatrical meal where students toast to the women’s lives. Michelle Pitcher, The Mercury News, "Notre Dame groundbreaking centered on women’s leadership," 23 June 2019 And, to be fair, pledges like these can yield advances when accompanied by substantial increases in research funding or efforts to encourage interdisciplinary scientific endeavors. Shefali Luthra,, "Promising to cure cancer is easy politics. The science is much more difficult," 22 June 2019 To establish the cause of the disease, there is urgent need for an interdisciplinary, high-quality research team. Swati Gupta, CNN, "Child death toll from brain disease crosses 100 in India as parents protest," 18 June 2019 CU Denver proposed two certificate programs — interdisciplinary civic engagement to examine how data science shapes public policy and a civics certificate students can earn by taking a certain number of existing classes across disciplines. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "CU’s Board of Regents wants college students to better understand civics. Here’s what that means for each campus.," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of interdisciplinary

1926, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of interdisciplinary

: involving two or more academic, scientific, or artistic areas of knowledge : involving two or more disciplines

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