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 At Emory, a standard startup package for a new professor in the natural sciences or engineering exceeds $1 million, Freeman says. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "NIH’s new cluster hiring program aims to help schools attract diverse faculty," 30 Jan. 2020 Does this apparent connection between beautiful mathematics and natural science always hold? Quanta Magazine, "Does Natural Law Need Elegant Mathematics?," 5 Dec. 2019 Certified forest therapy guides Helene Gibbens and Suzanne Weirich of Adirondack Riverwalking offer guided forest bathing year-round in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and the Wild Center, an award-winning natural science museum of the Adirondacks. Michael Melford, National Geographic, "The secret to mindful travel? A walk in the woods," 18 Oct. 2019 Her work crosses the social and natural sciences, seeking to link environmental science with policy., "University of Hartford’s Rell Center appoints Katharine Owens as new director," 16 Oct. 2019 Majewski’s work presents the most obvious collection, a series of nature photographs grounded by a table presenting the kind of informal natural sciences collection yielded by walks in the woods. Sarah Rose Sharp,, "Attention Must Be Paid: ‘Intercepted’ moments at H-Space," 25 Aug. 2019 The Boulder program allowed me to connect with people in various disciplines making a difference in conservation and natural science. National Geographic, "Meet Our 2017 Grant Winners!," 9 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, City College is offering 10% fewer classes this fall than last — a reduction of 242 classes in a range of subjects, from the natural sciences to ethnic, women and LGBT studies, school officials said. Nanette Asimov,, "CCSF students protest hefty pay raises for executives amid budget cuts," 12 Sep. 2019 In fields such as medicine and natural sciences, these indicators include the number of publications, the number of citations received, and h-index—a combined measure of productivity and citation impact. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Clubby and ‘disturbing’ citation behavior by researchers in Italy has surged," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of natural science

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Natural science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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