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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Moving forward Political scientists say targeting those swing counties is a good place to start for both Donnelly and Braun. Seth Slabaugh, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Joe Donnelly needs to keep his pro-Trump voters. But can he?," 12 July 2018 Astronomers have found more than 2,000 confirmed planets in the universe, but scientists say a new image is the first showing the birth of a planet. Richard Tribou,, "Image captures moment planet is born, scientists say," 2 July 2018 Political scientists say that most of us vote based not on a careful examination of the matters at stake but on cues that encourage us to register aspects of our identity. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "Nurses, Unite!," 28 June 2018 If some of the more dire predictions for sea rise come true, scientists say coastal homes will become unlivable. Alex Harris And Joey Flechas, miamiherald, "This Miami street could be the blueprint for how the city handles sea level rise," 28 June 2018 In recent years, rising concerns over incivility - insults, condescension, dismissiveness and the like - have led to increasing research on the topic by social scientists and psychologists. William Wan,, "We often fight rudeness with rudeness. And it can be contagious, research shows," 27 June 2018 For years scientists have tried to unravel the biology behind this mysterious phenomenon. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?," 13 July 2018 Many scientists believe the planet is experiencing its sixth mass extinction in the past half-billion years, the first since the dinosaurs were lost 65 million years ago. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's most endangered species nears extinction in Oakland County," 13 July 2018 About 100 trillion of them pass through your body each second, say scientists. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "Neutrino demonstration heralds a new way of observing the cosmos," 12 July 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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