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

Example Sentences

He is interested in the natural sciences. a new approach to natural science
Recent Examples on the Web His mother, Barbara Fried, is also the author of a biography of Robert Hale, an economist and lawyer remembered for proselytizing legal realism, a doctrine that maintains the law should evolve by mimicking the workings of natural science. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Nov. 2022 As the oldest natural science institution in the western hemisphere, the academy has accumulated a trove of remarkable specimens. Jack Tamisiea, WIRED, 24 Sep. 2022 Many criticisms of modern natural science and the cognitive approaches associated with classical liberalism were therefore justified. Francis Fukuyama, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 The scientific method is a procedure that has defined natural science for centuries. Borya Shakhnovich, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Authorities are also looking into whether the collection could go to natural science museums in Spain or nonprofits for research after the investigation, Gizmodo reports. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Apr. 2022 Penned and illuminated over 30 years early in the 16th century, the 12-volume manuscript documenting Aztec history, culture, politics, economics and natural science is housed in Florence’s Laurentian Library. Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2021 From the grand to the tiny, Wilson retained his enthusiasm for natural science. Patricia Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Dec. 2021 Modern natural science undermined, or at least complicated, many traditional religious beliefs. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

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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