natural science


: any of the sciences (such as physics, chemistry, or biology) that deal with matter, energy, and their interrelations and transformations or with objectively measurable phenomena
natural scientist noun

Examples of natural science in a Sentence

He is interested in the natural sciences. a new approach to natural science
Recent Examples on the Web In a best-case scenario UMES' new veterinary school will be accredited by 2025 and will have as many as 100 graduate students taking classes a year later, said Moses Kairo, the university's agricultural and natural sciences dean. USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2024 Clark credits his interest in the natural sciences to watching Attenborough’s nature documentaries, hence the name of the new fossil. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 Mar. 2024 Taxonomy within the natural sciences is what allows zoologists to identify species. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2024 Her characters, dressed in waistcoats and bonnets, were rendered with meticulous attention to anatomical detail, an outgrowth of Potter’s long interest in natural science. Jess Bidgood, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 The son of an English blacksmith, Faraday was apprenticed to a bookbinder at 14, a choice of profession that enabled him to read voraciously, particularly about the natural sciences. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 26 Dec. 2023 Yale social and natural science professor Dr. Nicholas Christakis, M.D., and law professor Kate Stith are leading a new effort to focus the Ivy League university on the search for truth, not politics. James Freeman, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2024 This is not to say that departments in the natural sciences are necessarily able to develop a culture free from bias. TIME, 19 Oct. 2023 My position is most definitely not the one hearkening to the Twenties that sees the natural sciences as suspect forms of cryptoideology. Rachel Cusk, Harper's Magazine, 9 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of natural science was in the 14th century

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“Natural science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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natural science

: any of the sciences (as physics, chemistry, or biology) that deal with matter, energy, and their relationships and transformations or with measurable natural events

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