scientist

noun
sci·​en·​tist | \ ˈsī-ən-tist How to pronounce scientist (audio) \

Definition of scientist

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

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Many big challenges remain, of course, but scientists believe there’s plenty of potentially usable water, and an atmosphere close enough to our own to ultimately sustain life—with the right gear. David Pierce, WSJ, "Welcome to Your Home on Mars," 9 Apr. 2019 Apparently, these scientists believed vernix could have benefits for adult skin, and now, nearly a decade later, one company has essentially recreated it for use in a moisturizer. Marci Robin, Allure, ""Newborn" Cream Claims to Give Adults Baby-Soft Skin With a Surprising Ingredient," 29 Oct. 2018 There was a time when scientists believed that insect wings worked a lot like airplane wings. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "This nifty flying robot can hover, bank, and turn as deftly as a fruit fly," 13 Sep. 2018 In a report released on July 11, 2018, scientists believe stone tools like this could have belonged to our evolutionary forerunners that lived 2.1 million years ago. Emiliano Rodriguez Mega, chicagotribune.com, "Stone tools excavated in China suggest human relatives left Africa earlier," 11 July 2018 Russian scientists are not letting Poroskov off the hook. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Journal Claims Russian Troops Have Psychic Powers," 4 Apr. 2019 Not so long ago, scientists held a similar opinion about the brain. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Can People Really Change?," 26 Mar. 2019 Pauley’s Jackie doesn’t have too much in common with her former role as quirky forensic scientist Abby. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Was Just Cast in Her First Major Role Since Leaving the Show," 7 Mar. 2019 The jury is still out on the cause, but many scientists believe a likely one is pesticides. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 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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scientist

noun

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

scientist

noun
sci·​en·​tist | \ ˈsī-ən-təst How to pronounce scientist (audio) \

Kids Definition of scientist

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

scientist

noun
sci·​en·​tist | \ ˈsī-ənt-əst How to pronounce scientist (audio) \

Medical Definition of scientist

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

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