natural science


Definition of natural science

: any of the sciences (such as physics, chemistry, or biology) that deal with matter, energy, and their interrelations and transformations or with objectively measurable phenomena

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Examples of natural science in a Sentence

He is interested in the natural sciences. a new approach to natural science
Recent Examples on the Web Joseph was a professor of natural science and geology and served as president of the American Assn. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "UC Berkeley to remove names of LeConte and Barrows halls due to ‘controversial legacies’," 18 Nov. 2020 The system offers flexibility and the option to go at your own pace, which has been helpful given the family’s movements but also puts pressure on Cochran-Ray to be a full-time teacher, tackling everything from long division to natural science. USA Today, "'That's what we do': These kids, teachers are making school work during COVID. Here's how.," 15 Nov. 2020 Since the Great Recession, the fastest-growing fields of study have been health sciences professions and related programs, natural sciences and mathematics, and computer science and engineering. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "The 2008 recession completely changed what students majored in. Will coronavirus?," 1 May 2020 Nicholas Christakis, a physician and professor of social and natural science at Yale University, points out that such diseases are the leading killers of children under the age of five around the globe each year. TheWeek, "Why scientists think children may be less susceptible to severe coronavirus cases," 28 Mar. 2020 Agency Director John Kim says the Engineering, Science and Law Internship Program is open to college juniors and seniors and those pursuing graduate studies in engineering, chemistry, natural science and other science disciplines, as well as in law. USA TODAY, "Electric car corridor, underwater gravestone search, scooters in canal: News from around our 50 states," 4 Feb. 2020 Applicants must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university, with preference given to majors in natural sciences, law enforcement, criminology or criminal justice. USA TODAY, "Mussel eco-tourism, Morgan Freeman, firework fix: News from around our 50 states," 14 Mar. 2020 Seeing mathematical beauty everywhere in the natural sciences, as Wigner did, could simply be the result of cognitive bias, an emotional reaction to aesthetic beauty. Quanta Magazine, "Does Natural Law Need Elegant Mathematics?," 5 Dec. 2019 There are internships available in four IEPA areas: six in engineering and two each in chemistry and related fields, natural sciences, and the legal department. USA TODAY, "Electric car corridor, underwater gravestone search, scooters in canal: News from around our 50 states," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of natural science

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of natural science was in the 14th century

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“Natural science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of natural science

: a science (such as physics, chemistry, or biology) that studies the physical and natural world or the events that happen in nature

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