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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But last year a group of scientists at universities and environmental organizations wrote members of Congress to urge opposition to the legislation. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Don Young’s bill to revise Magnuson-Stevens fishing law passes U.S. House," 13 July 2018 In July 2016, a loose-knit community of computer scientists and cybersecurity experts discovered a strange pattern of online traffic between two computer servers. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 Hundreds of scientists, researchers and other staff have left the agency over the past 18 months taking with them institutional expertise. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "7 ways Scott Pruitt's legacy at EPA will live on," 6 July 2018 There were recurring dramatic threads; a trio of scientists, along with a water goddess and god. David Lyman,, "CCM students set sail for Scotland to perform water-themed show with 'no plot whatsoever'," 5 July 2018 These were largely forgettable and involved Scott’s stealing the Ant-Man suit from its original owner, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas, back again, goateed and amused), one of those genius scientists who stir up good and bad trouble in Marvel world. Chris Mckenna, New York Times, "Review: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Save the World! With Jokes!," 4 July 2018 With a command of sign language and the ability to understand upwards of 2,000 English words, Koko redefined interspecies communication and captured the affections of scientists, celebrities and laypeople alike. Emma Krupp, RedEye Chicago, "The new 'Roseanne,' a MoviePass surge charge, and more conversation starters for your weekend," 29 June 2018 The Metropolitan Police said the small bottle was found during searches of Rowley's house Wednesday and scientists confirmed the substance in the bottle was Novichok. Gregory Katz,, "Bottle containing nerve agent found in home of poisoned man in U.K., police say," 13 July 2018 Astronomers from around the world announced on Thursday a major discovery that could help scientists better understand the birth of the universe and some of the most exotic objects in it, including black holes. Ian Haydon,, "For the first time, scientists harness 'ghost particles' to study the universe and its black holes," 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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