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

Examples of scientist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their black-box touchscreen systems have been widely criticized by computer scientists as highly vulnerable to tampering. Washington Post, "California OKs highly questioned LA County voting system," 24 Jan. 2020 The scientist did not say how many cases were the result of human-to-human transmission — but in one case, a hospital patient is said to have infected 14 medical workers, reports Inocencio. CBS News, "What is the coronavirus illness blamed for multiple deaths in China?," 24 Jan. 2020 In the large genetic-sequencing study, a team of researchers led by scientists at Mount Sinai and relying on international collaboration identified the 102 genes associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "More than 100 genes tied to autism identified in large study," 23 Jan. 2020 But don’t worry, a study published in March 2017 by scientists from Oregon State University determined that cats do in fact care about people more than food. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Cat Gets Very Dramatic When Can of Tuna Is Opened But Tuna Is Denied," 21 Jan. 2020 The study, by scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, analyzed more than 4,500 drugs and compounds collected in the Broad’s recently established Drug Repurposing Hub. Jonathan Saltzman,, "Could a drug for arthritis in dogs also fight cancer in people?," 20 Jan. 2020 The change from a peaceful to a violent view of the universe was the result of many discoveries by many scientists using a variety of instruments, but one man and one instrument made a major contribution to it. Freeman Dyson, The New York Review of Books, "The Power of Morphological Thinking," 7 Jan. 2020 And while climate change has been politicized in the U.S., it's widely accepted as a fact by scientists and other countries. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Amazon Is on a Collision Course With Employee Activists Outraged by the Climate Crisis," 4 Jan. 2020 Now, a team led by MIT scientists has come forward with a bold proposition that could write a legible vaccination history back into the body’s repertoire. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "This Spiky Patch Could Invisibly Record Vaccination History Under Skin," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of scientist was in 1834

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28 Jan 2020

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“Scientist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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 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


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Medical Definition of scientist

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

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to assert without proof or before proving

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