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 While most climate scientists are reluctant to attribute climate change impacts to a specific weather event, all agree climate change exacerbates the conditions in which bushfires occur. National Geographic, "Traveling to Australia? Here’s what you need to know," 8 Jan. 2020 With a machine taking over a time-intensive and repetitive manual task, the scientists are free to focus on more complicated aspects of their work. Paul Hudson, Fortune, "Pharma Needs to Stop Chasing Shiny Objects and Start Embracing Practical Technology," 7 Jan. 2020 Many scientists are already hard at work on this issue. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "These Are the Biggest Climate Questions for the New Decade," 4 Jan. 2020 If simply left alone, the liquid innards of a cell — its cytoplasm — have a surprising capacity to reassemble, even without components that appeared essential to some scientists. Quanta Magazine, "Unscrambled Eggs: Self-Organization Restores Cells’ Order," 2 Jan. 2020 But, in the 100 years science has been studying emotion, scientists have never been able to find a specific happiness circuit or a circuit relating to any emotion. Olly Robinson, Quartz, "Neuroscience discovered what Christmas emotions look like in the brain," 25 Dec. 2019 But scientists are now concerned that even durable denticles have met their match: ocean acidification. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Acidifying Oceans Could Corrode the Tooth-Like Scales on Shark Skin," 21 Dec. 2019 Over the summer, scientists with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency were able to link remains to the Louisville native. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "'Welcome home, Uncle Jack': 76 years later, a missing WWII Marine is buried in Louisville," 16 Dec. 2019 What’s more, few scientists have historically been willing to wade into the squishier subject matter of human-wildlife relationships, fearing being dismissed for anthropomorphism, or worse, labeled a quack. Christopher Keyes, Outside Online, "The Life-Changing Benefits of Animal Encounters," 16 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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14 Jan 2020

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“Scientist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 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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