Definition of natural science in US English:

natural science


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

    • ‘We also expect an increased participation of our project partners from the physical and natural sciences.’
    • ‘Undergraduate majors in the arts and humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences can prepare you for law school.’
    • ‘In the natural sciences, biology and geology should be emphasized.’
    • ‘In 1910 he began studying medicine at Munich University, but he soon switched to natural sciences, then engineering.’
    • ‘Mathematics and statistics, like the natural sciences, draw their strength from being abstract.’
    • ‘However, young Danes tend to choose humanistic or social science studies over the natural sciences.’
    • ‘In addition, all institutions have freshman introductory courses both in natural sciences and social sciences.’
    • ‘It thus encompasses in a unique way the arts, social sciences, and natural sciences.’
    • ‘By the 1990s, biology had replaced physics as the most important and visible of the natural sciences in America.’
    • ‘The first is a scientific encyclopaedia covering logic, natural sciences, psychology, geometry, astronomy, arithmetic and music.’
    • ‘Compared to the natural sciences and medicine, psychology is a relatively new field.’
    • ‘Students at Birkbeck carry out research in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.’
    • ‘Human actions and reactions do not conform to the laws of physics, mechanics, or the natural sciences.’
    • ‘The university offered studies in theology, medicine, and law, but nothing at that time in the natural sciences.’
    • ‘Medicine and the natural sciences were also undergoing similar transformations.’
    • ‘The next trick deals with exploiting the differences between the natural sciences and disciplines like linguistics, properly part of the humanities.’
    • ‘Physics, the most mathematical of the natural sciences, should suffer the least from this abhorrent tendency.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The work of Darwin and the subsequent discoveries in both the physical and natural sciences have moved this process toward completion.’
    • ‘The left-hand column below lists natural sciences; the right-hand one, human sciences.’
    1. 1.1 The branch of knowledge which deals with the study of the physical world.
      • ‘His studies at Copenhagen were in mathematics and natural science.’
      • ‘It is probable that natural science too was studied.’
      • ‘He studied at Uppsala University from 1861, first studying natural science but later switching to history and the Scandinavian languages.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘In the world of literary academia, Rogers is known for her vast knowledge of natural science and physics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The historian compared Humboldt's moral failings to the limitations of natural science as a form of knowledge.’
      • ‘He won an open scholarship in mathematics and natural science to study at Trinity College, Cambridge.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No one thinks that the demonstrative ideal can plausibly be invoked in connection with empirical knowledge, which includes all of natural science.’


natural science

/ˈˌnætʃ(ə)rəl ˈsaɪəns/