sci·​en·​tist | \ ˈsī-ən-tist \

Definition of scientist 

1 : a person learned in science and especially natural science : a scientific investigator
2 capitalized : christian scientist

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The landing site will also give scientists a better understanding of the moon's radiation. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "China Successfully Lands on Far Side of Moon," 3 Jan. 2019 One is a philosopher who analyzes the nuances of sexism and misogyny; two others are political scientists who study the global decline of democracy and whether America might be next. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 Sai Nelaturi is a scientist and area manager of computational automation for systems engineering at PARC, a Xerox Company. Pam Baker, Ars Technica, "Artificial Intelligence and the coming of the self-designing machine," 6 Dec. 2018 Allison, whose dad is a scientist and mom was a teacher grew up in Nashville but lived in New York for two years while attending NYU. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Soccer Mommy's "Scorpio Rising" Video Turns Loneliness into Something Magical," 16 July 2018 That, coupled with the small size and faintness of Ultima Thule, creates an even more complex trial for the scientists and engineers to overcome. Loren Grush, The Verge, "On New Year’s Day, a spacecraft will zoom by the most distant object humanity has ever visited," 27 Dec. 2018 For example, in the case of NASA, who are the scientists and engineers that bring this to life? Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Watch the Trailer for 7 Days Out, the New Netflix Series That Goes Inside a Chanel Couture Show and Other Landmark Events," 11 Dec. 2018 Exercise, or mechanical loading as scientists call it, improves stem cells that stimulate tissue regrowth and increase blood supply. Cheryl Stritzel Mccarthy, WSJ, "What You Need to Do Before Having Knee Surgery," 20 Nov. 2018 For a study published today in the journal Science Advances, scientists at the University of Washington monitored the sleep of students at Seattle high schools before and after their schools changed their start time to 8:45AM from 7:50AM. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why we might want the school day to start later," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of scientist

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scientist

Latin scientia

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English Language Learners Definition of scientist

: a person who is trained in a science and whose job involves doing scientific research or solving scientific problems


sci·​en·​tist | \ ˈsī-ən-təst \

Kids Definition of scientist

: a person who studies, specializes in, or investigates a field of science and does scientific work


sci·​en·​tist | \ ˈsī-ənt-əst \

Medical Definition of scientist 

: a person learned in science and especially natural science : a scientific investigator

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