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

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If the creator of the universe is supernatural—outside of space and time and nature's laws—then by definition, no natural science can discover God through any measurements made by natural instruments. Michael Shermer, Scientific American, "Will Science Ever Solve the Mysteries of Consciousness, Free Will and God?," 13 July 2018 This is not to mention the persistence of what C.P. Snow once called the Two Cultures, which still keeps the arts and the natural sciences at a tense, suspicious distance. Paul Grimstad, The New Republic, "Can You Measure How Good a Song Is?," 21 June 2018 According to Sophie Sedgho, president of the association and a retired professor of natural sciences, each woman is entitled to seven boards with a cultivable surface of about 65 square feet. Hannifah Sawadogo, The Christian Science Monitor, "In rural West Africa, gardening offers women a way out of poverty," 14 June 2018 In physics and, more generally, in the natural sciences, space and time are the foundation of all theories. George Musser, Scientific American, "What Is Spacetime?," 8 May 2018 Colleges, for instance, have seen a nearly 40 percent increase in the share of students majoring in the natural sciences since 1995. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "You got into the college of your dreams. But will you actually go there?," 29 Mar. 2018 Included in the definition of arts are history, natural sciences, music, theater, literature, dance, visual arts, film and architecture. Joan Rusek,, "Romaine calm, Geauga farmers' market opens May 12 in South Russell: Valley Views," 4 May 2018 The museum features New York history and natural sciences exhibits. Fox News, "Coyote found on New York museum's fourth-floor mezzanine," 27 Mar. 2018 Within the last two decades, fewer than one in three natural science managers were female. USA TODAY, "Women in the workforce: 20 jobs that have become dominated by women," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of natural science

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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