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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Abby and Libby were only in eighth grade, but had already talked about pursuing careers in forensic science, Anna Williams said. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "'Epitome of evil': Delphi double murder still a mystery 3 years later," 13 Feb. 2020 Grounded in science and regulated by the government, health care is a challenging sector. Paul Grand, STAT, "10 reasons why health care startups fail," 10 Feb. 2020 Jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths have smaller gender pay gaps than others. The Economist, "Economists discover the power of social norms," 6 Feb. 2020 Some have studied meteorology for years, with advanced degrees in the science. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrate National Weatherperson's Day with your favorite forecasters," 5 Feb. 2020 Come back tomorrow for Victoria Jaggard on the latest in science. Michael George, National Geographic, "Will global events keep you closer to home this year?," 4 Feb. 2020 The group supports students from traditionally underserved backgrounds and communities by offering access to lessons in science and technology. oregonlive, "Portland students tackle traffic-snarling train crossing, Lake Oswego teacher puts phones in pouches: The week in education," 1 Feb. 2020 In science, while most racial and ethnic groups saw a decline, Hispanic and black students saw increases, to 12.3% and 4.6%, respectively. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Analysis of ACT results finds fewer than half of Wisconsin high school juniors college-ready," 31 Jan. 2020 In their essays, the finalists wrote about their interest in science and seeing the rover discovering Mars. Washington Post, "What should the Mars 2020 rover be named? Nine kids think they know.," 25 Jan. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/science?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=scienc01. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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science

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How to pronounce science (audio)

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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