sci·​ence | \ ˈsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce science (audio) \

Definition of science

1 : the state of knowing : knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding
2a : a department of systematized knowledge as an object of study the science of theology
b : something (such as a sport or technique) that may be studied or learned like systematized knowledge have it down to a science
3a : knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method
b : such knowledge or such a system of knowledge concerned with the physical world and its phenomena : natural science
4 : a system or method reconciling practical ends with scientific laws cooking is both a science and an art
5 capitalized : christian science

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The Malay tapir, the largest of the world's four tapir species, remained largely invisible to science until recently. The other three species of these odd, endearing animals all live in South America. — Anthony King, New York Times, 2 June 2009 If there were any doubt, Golden's muckraking investigation—he is the Ida Tarbell of college admissions—reveals that almost every word uttered by representatives of the top colleges about the care and nuance and science of the much vaunted admissions process is bunk. — Michael Wolff, New York Times Book Review, 17 Sept. 2006 Of course, there is both corporate and government-sponsored grant money available for such initiatives in science and engineering. And scientists are used to working together in laboratories. But in the humanities it was different, said the deans. — David Laurence, Association of Departments of English Bulletin, Winter 2004 The journal Annales was started in 1929, by Bloch and Lucien Febvre, two friends conversant with the new sciences of sociology and geography, psychology and anthropology. — Stephen Kotkin, New Yorker, 29 Sept. 2003 The program encourages students to pursue a career in science. a list of terms commonly used in science a new branch of science advances in science and technology Students are required to take two sciences. students majoring in a science
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Recent Examples on the Web Importantly, Nasser doesn’t just focus on the bright spots of science and innovation. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Why Netflix's new science documentary series 'Connected' is near-perfect pandemic viewing," 1 Aug. 2020 At the school, students receive one-on-one instruction in core subjects including math, English, science and social studies. cleveland, "Flex High, known for its one-on-one teaching model, to open Aug. 17 in Richmond Heights," 31 July 2020 Behind the proud declarations, many science and medical professionals have been whispering concerns. Michael S. Kinch, STAT, "A Covid-19 vaccine, amazingly, is close. Why am I so worried?," 31 July 2020 One of the programs focused on science and technology, while another focused on fun and recreational skills for young adults with developmental disabilities. Matt Villano, CNN, "Virtual camps make summer sparkle for kids with special needs," 30 July 2020 Generations of health disparities, of structural violence, of legacies of slavery, discrimination, and migrations that are still encoded in law, science, and health. Joseph Osmundson, The New Republic, "Covid-19 and the Limits of American Moral Reasoning," 30 July 2020 Luxe sleepwear brand has warm-weather lounge separates down to a science. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Cooling Clothing That Will Keep You Comfortable All Summer Long," 30 July 2020 Among them was the popular Khan Academy, started by founder and CEO Sal Khan in 2005 to provide videos and tools to help students learn math, science and more subjects. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Q&A: Khan Academy CEO Sal Khan on the new school year and virtual learning," 30 July 2020 The project, Dwivedi explained to the publication, was intended to involve students and educate them in both science and astronomy. Nicholas Rice,, "2 Indian Girls in the 10th Grade Discover Asteroid Moving Toward Earth: 'This Was a Dream'," 29 July 2020

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First Known Use of science

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for science

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin scientia, from scient-, sciens having knowledge, from present participle of scire to know; perhaps akin to Sanskrit chyati he cuts off, Latin scindere to split — more at shed entry 1

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

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“Science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of science

: knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation
: a particular area of scientific study (such as biology, physics, or chemistry) : a particular branch of science
: a subject that is formally studied in a college, university, etc.


sci·​ence | \ ˈsī-əns How to pronounce science (audio) \

Kids Definition of science

1 : knowledge about the natural world that is based on facts learned through experiments and observation
2 : an area of study that deals with the natural world (as biology or physics)
3 : a subject that is formally studied the science of linguistics
4 : something that can be studied and learned Pitching is a science.


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Medical Definition of science

: knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through the scientific method and concerned with the physical world and its phenomena

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