science

noun
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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Synonyms for science

Synonyms

knowledge, lore, wisdom

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Examples of science in a Sentence

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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Simply put, there's no rigorous science to back up the claim that apple cider vinegar kicks off a metabolic process that results in weight loss. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "10 Apple Cider Vinegar Facts to Know Before You Drink It," 1 Jan. 2019 With the support of greater society (and science, your psyche simply more accessible. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Is Lucid Dreaming? Your Guide to Exploring Your Subconscious," 18 Sep. 2018 For most visitors, this means finding ways to spend less time in line and more time looking for Anna and Elsa. Optimizing a Disney trip to avoid lines is more of a science than an art. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Get on Any Disney World Ride in 30 Minutes or Less," 8 Nov. 2018 The science behind over-the-counter pregnancy tests is simple. Shelby Pope, Allure, "Are Cheap Home Pregnancy Tests Just as Accurate as the Expensive Ones?," 12 Mar. 2019 But new research suggests the science behind those claims is a lot more complicated than most of us realize; and perhaps the claims themselves may be greatly exaggerated. Jessica Wapner, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About Your Screen Time?," 7 Feb. 2019 The science of atoms and molecules was not yet available to aid in the explanation. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 But the idea that science is apolitical was itself a political idea, Wolfe says. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Cold War propaganda spread the myth that science isn’t political," 11 Dec. 2018 The science behind those dishes has been distilled into a blue-hued bar made with spirulina alongside cassava and chicory root fiber. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Best On-the-Go Snacks to Get Before Holiday Travel Season," 6 Nov. 2018

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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

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science

noun

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.

science

noun
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.

science

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

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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