natural science

noun

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

Other Words from natural science

natural scientist noun

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 Many criticisms of modern natural science and the cognitive approaches associated with classical liberalism were therefore justified. Francis Fukuyama, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 The scientific method is a procedure that has defined natural science for centuries. Borya Shakhnovich, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Authorities are also looking into whether the collection could go to natural science museums in Spain or nonprofits for research after the investigation, Gizmodo reports. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Apr. 2022 Penned and illuminated over 30 years early in the 16th century, the 12-volume manuscript documenting Aztec history, culture, politics, economics and natural science is housed in Florence’s Laurentian Library. Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2021 From the grand to the tiny, Wilson retained his enthusiasm for natural science. Patricia Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Dec. 2021 Modern natural science undermined, or at least complicated, many traditional religious beliefs. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 27 Aug. 2021 In this remarkable book, Wulf chronicles the life of the Prussian natural science behemoth Alexander von Humboldt from his childhood roots to his explorations in North, Central, and South America and across northern Europe. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 11 Dec. 2021 Cuyamaca College’s ornamental horticulture program now has building and classroom upgrades worthy of the study of the applied natural science that is focused on growing and caring for plants. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of natural science

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2022

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“Natural science.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/natural%20science. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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