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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Social scientists have long been trying to correct this particular record to little avail since divorce rates—which peaked in the 1970s and ‘80s—have been steadily on the decline for decades. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "My Millennial Divorce: A Week of Stories That Explore Uncoupling in a Modern World," 26 Nov. 2018 For many decades, scientists were dubious about this passage since whales do not, in the modern era, use the area as a calving ground. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Scientists admit Pliny the Elder was right about orcas and whales.," 11 July 2018 Among their local fans were computer scientists at key sites of the internet's development, such as the University of California–Berkeley and Stanford. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Remember a couple months ago when scientists said someone was mysteriously making CFCs again, breaking the global ban and threatening the timely recovery of the ozone layer? Alan Murray, Fortune, "Xiaomi Flop, Brexit Resignation, Formula Lobbying: CEO Daily for July 9, 2018," 9 July 2018 Hewett said 142 employees are senior scientists, exceeding a requirement of the state deal for at least 90. Stephen Singer,, "State's Venture Capital Fund Forgives $166 Million Loan As Jackson Lab Exceeds Jobs Goal," 6 July 2018 Nuclear scientists say that airlifting Korean bombs could be acutely risky. The Economist, "North Korea presents nuclear disarmament’s biggest challenge yet," 5 July 2018 But absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, as scientists are quick to point out. Helen Branswell, STAT, "A stubborn medical mystery: Was pandemic flu vaccine tied to an increase in narcolepsy cases?," 5 July 2018 The story revolves around a young girl named Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) after she is chosen to be a test subject for Project NOAH, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s How to Watch ‘The Passage,’ the New Fox Show Everyone’s Talking About," 21 Jan. 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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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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