One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The science of the material world; natural science, physical science.
2= materials science.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in William Whewell (1794–1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science. In sense 1 from material + science.
material science/məˌtɪərɪəl ˈsʌɪəns/
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