scientific method

noun

Definition of scientific method

: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses

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Recent Examples on the Web Established in 2018, this scientific method involves the study of the minuscule stratigraphic layers of soot that accumulate on cave walls. Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books, "Why Did They Vanish?," 27 Apr. 2021 Using the scientific method, discover the properties of solids, liquids and gases, and make clever concoctions, mysterious mixtures and supersaturated solutions. Anchorage Daily News, "2021 Summer Camps," 21 Apr. 2021 Whether driven by trans-dimensional communications, the scientific method, or both, the brothers got their wish, and then some. Joanna Steinhardt, Wired, "Hackers, Mason Jars, and the Psychedelic Science of DIY Shrooms," 12 Feb. 2021 This particular photograph also documents the incremental nature of the scientific method: DNA analysis has shown that people mistakenly lumped at least three alga species under the name Halymenia latifolia since that label was created. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Female Botanist Published the First Ever Photo Book," 29 Mar. 2021 This concept is perhaps best described as traditional trial and error using the scientific method. Amber Gray-fenner, Forbes, "Understanding The Research & Development Tax Credit - What Small Businesses Need To Know," 25 Feb. 2021 Is there a theology that is undoubtedly consistent with the scientific method? Avi Loeb, Scientific American, "Experimental Tests of Theology," 26 Jan. 2021 That is of course the way scientists are meant to think—that’s what the scientific method is. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, "Transcript: On Being Wrong," 17 Feb. 2021 Bembibre said that applying the scientific method — a universal language and standardized techniques — is a challenge with smell. Star Tribune, "What does history smell like?," 25 Dec. 2020

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1672, in the meaning defined above

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scientific method

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Medical Definition of scientific method

: principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses

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