Definition of science in US English:

science

noun

  • 1The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.

    ‘the world of science and technology’
    • ‘These are just a few of the things historians do when they study the past of science, technology and medicine.’
    • ‘McGill's timber studies developed within a utilitarian culture that expected science to produce practical results.’
    • ‘He also combined the study of science with personal experience and philosophy like no poet before him.’
    • ‘It is a polemic because it sidesteps the criticism of science and its metaphysics by Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger.’
    • ‘The second point is mostly for emphasis: science studies the natural world.’
    • ‘The evolutionary perspective and this new dynamic practical science go hand in hand.’
    • ‘Join him for a discussion about how today's science affects tomorrow's water.’
    • ‘Instead, we have found that our history fits the naturalistic world of science.’
    • ‘It can't be directly observed or measured (except by me) and appears to play no causal role according to determinist science, so science denies it.’
    • ‘Emily's garden inspirations were also fueled by her high school science teacher and study hall supervisor.’
    • ‘Nor is there any reason for a historian of science to study philosophy of science.’
    • ‘It is fair to say that this a priori account of science has found little favor after Hobbes's time.’
    • ‘There was an affinity of intellectual structures of science with authoritarian politics.’
    • ‘She has co-written four books of hands-on science activities for children for the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco.’
    • ‘A state-of-the-art DNA analysis system is opening a new world of study for science students at Muskingum.’
    • ‘They could also translate that science into appropriate physical activity regimes for prevention and management of these conditions.’
    • ‘To this has been added a sustained critique of much that passes for science studies.’
    • ‘Call it the big book of activities for science geeks - it features 100 weird and wacky experiments.’
    • ‘We should like to be able to translate science into logic and observation terms and set theory.’
    • ‘Clearly science and empirical research is relevant to the study of ethics and to ethics research, but how exactly?’
    branch of knowledge, body of facts, body of information, body of knowledge, area of study, discipline, field
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    1. 1.1 A particular area of science.
      ‘veterinary science’
      count noun ‘the agricultural sciences’
      • ‘It is also an area requiring psychological science in order to serve the public interest.’
      • ‘And still she succeeded in advancing the cause of the science of genetics.’
      • ‘Perhaps the other area of psychological science most relevant to camps is behavioral psychology.’
      • ‘There his private income enabled him to take up the new science of geology.’
      • ‘By the mid 1970s, the computer industry and computer science were quite advanced.’
      • ‘What technology and infrastructural changes are needed to fundamentally advance environmental health science?’
      • ‘The next 20 promise even greater advances, particularly in the areas of materials science, computer aided manufacturing technology, and molecular biology.’
      • ‘By asking the people around him he learned that she studied and taught animal behavioral sciences at the university.’
      • ‘Patients feel that modern medical science has become too commercial, almost to the point of being labeled as unethical.’
      • ‘The new galleries, which are aimed at promoting Earth science to the general public, are immensely popular.’
      • ‘Nanotechnology is an emerging engineering field that borrows from such areas as materials science, engineering, chemistry, biology and physics.’
      • ‘Natural science is quite advanced, particularly as applied in engineering and medicine.’
      • ‘The physical and social sciences are all taught in Saudi Arabian universities, which exist in all the main cities.’
      • ‘Modern social science has banished concepts of good and evil.’
      • ‘They will study modules such as chemical and physical forensic science, forensic psychology and criminal investigation procedures.’
      • ‘How can basic cognitive science be translated into the classroom?’
      • ‘It's used in medical science and some other areas, too.’
      • ‘The book has lessons for the new field of ‘conservation medicine’ - veterinary science applied to wild populations.’
      • ‘Others reflect that we cannot all be technically expert in areas such as bio-medical science.’
      • ‘The team members were chosen from among graduate students in computer science at the participating universities.’
    2. 1.2 A systematically organized body of knowledge on a particular subject.
      ‘the science of criminology’
      • ‘We promote the science of psychology, and we rely on the foundation it provides for the practice of psychology.’
      • ‘We must educate our fellow educators and fellow scientists about the science of psychology.’
      • ‘I may defend my professional status by claiming ownership of an advanced body of knowledge or science.’
      • ‘Most importantly, the lists tend to omit the natural vitamin complexes and food-form minerals that are so important for our health, as demonstrated by a large body of published science.’
      • ‘But understanding the science of complexity is a far more useful metaphor than the traditional appeal to Newtonian physics.’
    3. 1.3archaic Knowledge of any kind.
      ‘his rare science and his practical skill’
      learning, erudition, education, scholarship, letters, schooling
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Origin

Middle English (denoting knowledge): from Old French, from Latin scientia, from scire ‘know’.

Pronunciation

science

/ˈsaɪəns//ˈsīəns/