sci·ence | \ ˈsī-ən(t)s \

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


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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His master's degree at SMU was in science and management. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Akoy Agau expected to return to Louisville as grad transfer," 22 June 2018 For example, according to the General Social Survey, a plurality of people now believe that science is causing our society to change too fast: As recently as 2008, a large plurality expressed disagreement with that statement. Lyman Stone, Vox, "The myth of the job-hopping, rootless millennial is just that — a myth," 11 July 2018 But the science surrounding breastfeeding is controversial to say the least. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Donald Trump Tweets About Breastfeeding—But Misses the Whole Point," 10 July 2018 While opinions are mixed and the science is lacking, most doctors recommend patients do not get Botox or fillers of any kind during pregnancy. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Admits She "Got Rid Of" All Her Lip Filler," 9 July 2018 The science is complex, but essentially, researchers have been looking for a better way to store and send qubits, which are typically transmitted through particles of light, or photons. Fox News, "Scientists are using diamonds to send secret messages," 6 July 2018 One where science is often a black student’s favorite class because race rarely comes up. Keith Bierygolick,, "Black students in Mason: I didn’t want to come to school after Trump was elected," 5 July 2018 But the science is less clear about whether pressure therapy really works for dogs. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Do Thundershirts Really Calm Dogs During Fireworks or What?," 3 July 2018 Here's the science behind it: Researchers took a group of some 40 people and asked them to look at pictures of strangers: each person was shown with both a close-mouthed smile and a big, toothy smile. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "There's a New Reason to Smile in Your Passport Photo," 28 June 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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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 \

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.


sci·ence | \ ˈsī-ən(t)s \

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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