scientist

noun
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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There was more pollution in the summer; the scientists monitored atmospheric levels of chemicals, including nitrates and sulphates, in addition to microbes. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Ahh, summer—ramlibacter season," 14 Nov. 2018 The next step for the scientists is to improve the drones’ ability to work together. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Inspired by Wasps, This Micro-Drone Lifts 40 Times its Weight," 25 Oct. 2018 The new mineral is so tiny that the scientists couldn't piece together all its physical properties. Kimberly Hickok, Fox News, "Mineral never seen on Earth found inside Russian meteorite," 2 Oct. 2018 For now, the scientists can only do their part in the laboratory. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Can the Northern White Rhino Come Back from the Edge of Extinction?," 22 Sep. 2018 In science, replication of findings is key; the more studies that point in the same direction, the more confident scientists feel about that path of discovery. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 The scientists were also opposed to some provisions that Young ultimately agreed to remove from the bill, amending the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Antiquities Act. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Don Young’s bill to revise Magnuson-Stevens fishing law passes U.S. House," 13 July 2018 The scientists' original goal was to collect about 2,000 ticks. Dennis Thompson, CBS News, "Ticks that carry Lyme disease are spreading fast," 13 July 2018 Popular Science’s Kat Eschner reports that the scientists analyzed data from more than 100 experiments detailed in 23 lab studies of bees’ responses to floral scents. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "‘Safe’ Levels of Pesticide Still Hamper Bees’ Memory and Ability to Learn," 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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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of scientist 

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

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