Definition of natural science in English:

natural science

(also natural sciences)

noun

mass noun
  • 1A branch of science which deals with the physical world, e.g. physics, chemistry, geology, biology.

    • ‘The left-hand column below lists natural sciences; the right-hand one, human sciences.’
    • ‘Mathematics and statistics, like the natural sciences, draw their strength from being abstract.’
    • ‘Students at Birkbeck carry out research in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.’
    • ‘Medicine and the natural sciences were also undergoing similar transformations.’
    • ‘The university offered studies in theology, medicine, and law, but nothing at that time in the natural sciences.’
    • ‘The work of Darwin and the subsequent discoveries in both the physical and natural sciences have moved this process toward completion.’
    • ‘In such schools English can be used as the medium of instruction for mathematics and the natural sciences, while Urdu can be the medium for other subjects.’
    • ‘Human actions and reactions do not conform to the laws of physics, mechanics, or the natural sciences.’
    • ‘In 1910 he began studying medicine at Munich University, but he soon switched to natural sciences, then engineering.’
    • ‘Physics, the most mathematical of the natural sciences, should suffer the least from this abhorrent tendency.’
    • ‘Undergraduate majors in the arts and humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences can prepare you for law school.’
    • ‘It thus encompasses in a unique way the arts, social sciences, and natural sciences.’
    • ‘The first is a scientific encyclopaedia covering logic, natural sciences, psychology, geometry, astronomy, arithmetic and music.’
    • ‘The next trick deals with exploiting the differences between the natural sciences and disciplines like linguistics, properly part of the humanities.’
    • ‘However, young Danes tend to choose humanistic or social science studies over the natural sciences.’
    • ‘We also expect an increased participation of our project partners from the physical and natural sciences.’
    • ‘In addition, all institutions have freshman introductory courses both in natural sciences and social sciences.’
    • ‘Compared to the natural sciences and medicine, psychology is a relatively new field.’
    • ‘In the natural sciences, biology and geology should be emphasized.’
    • ‘By the 1990s, biology had replaced physics as the most important and visible of the natural sciences in America.’
    1. 1.1 The branch of knowledge which deals with the study of the physical world.
      • ‘The rise of natural science invigorated the study of human affairs by providing a new model of intellectual rigour and excellence.’
      • ‘Einstein maintained a deep interest in his Jewish studies until a family friend lent him several books on natural science.’
      • ‘Hence, physical or natural science is the study of material bodies that undergo change and are either in motion or repose.’
      • ‘Although gifted amateurs continued to write great histories, in the course of the century the study of the past, like the study of natural science, tended to become increasingly professionalized.’
      • ‘It is characteristic of him that his decision to study natural science and medicine was determined not so much by his reading as by his dreams.’
      • ‘The historian compared Humboldt's moral failings to the limitations of natural science as a form of knowledge.’
      • ‘In the mid-1870s Nietzsche went through a phase of celebrating science worship based on viewing natural science as the paradigm of all genuine knowledge.’
      • ‘He studied at Uppsala University from 1861, first studying natural science but later switching to history and the Scandinavian languages.’
      • ‘He won an open scholarship in mathematics and natural science to study at Trinity College, Cambridge.’
      • ‘It is probable that natural science too was studied.’
      • ‘Albert enrolled at Bonn University and eagerly applied himself to study in natural science, political economy, and philosophy as well as developing his musical talent.’
      • ‘No one thinks that the demonstrative ideal can plausibly be invoked in connection with empirical knowledge, which includes all of natural science.’
      • ‘His studies at Copenhagen were in mathematics and natural science.’
      • ‘In the world of literary academia, Rogers is known for her vast knowledge of natural science and physics.’

Pronunciation

natural science