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Meaning of SCIENCE

Pronunciation:  'sIuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  ability to produce solutions in some problem domain; "the skill of a well-trained boxer"; "the sweet science of pugilism"
  2. [n]  a particular branch of scientific knowledge; "the science of genetics"

SCIENCE is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: scientific discipline, skill
 See Also: ability, agrobiology, agrology, agronomy, architectonics, bailiwick, branch of knowledge, cognitive science, cryptanalysis, cryptanalytics, cryptography, cryptology, discipline, field, field of study, informatics, information processing, information science, IP, linguistics, math, mathematics, maths, metallurgy, metrology, natural science, nose, nutrition, power, psychological science, psychology, scientific agriculture, scientific knowledge, scientific theory, social science, strategics, study, subject, subject area, subject field, systematics, tectonics, thanatology, virtuosity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sci"ence\, n. [F., fr. L. scientia, fr. sciens, -entis,
    p. pr. of scire to know. Cf. {Conscience}, {Conscious},
    1. Knowledge; knowledge of principles and causes; ascertained
       truth of facts.
             If we conceive God's sight or science, before the
             creation, to be extended to all and every part of
             the world, seeing everything as it is, . . . his
             science or sight from all eternity lays no necessity
             on anything to come to pass.          --Hammond.
             Shakespeare's deep and accurate science in mental
             philosophy.                           --Coleridge.
    2. Accumulated and established knowledge, which has been
       systematized and formulated with reference to the
       discovery of general truths or the operation of general
       laws; knowledge classified and made available in work,
       life, or the search for truth; comprehensive, profound, or
       philosophical knowledge.
             All this new science that men lere [teach].
             Science is . . . a complement of cognitions, having,
             in point of form, the character of logical
             perfection, and in point of matter, the character of
             real truth.                           --Sir W.
    3. Especially, such knowledge when it relates to the physical
       world and its phenomena, the nature, constitution, and
       forces of matter, the qualities and functions of living
       tissues, etc.; -- called also {natural science}, and
       {physical science}.
             Voltaire hardly left a single corner of the field
             entirely unexplored in science, poetry, history,
             philosophy.                           --J. Morley.
    4. Any branch or department of systematized knowledge
       considered as a distinct field of investigation or object
       of study; as, the science of astronomy, of chemistry, or
       of mind.
    Note: The ancients reckoned seven sciences, namely, grammar,
          rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, music, geometry, and
          astronomy; -- the first three being included in the
          Trivium, the remaining four in the Quadrivium.
                Good sense, which only is the gift of Heaven, And
                though no science, fairly worth the seven.
    5. Art, skill, or expertness, regarded as the result of
       knowledge of laws and principles.
             His science, coolness, and great strength. --G. A.
    Note: Science is applied or pure. Applied science is a
          knowledge of facts, events, or phenomena, as explained,
          accounted for, or produced, by means of powers, causes,
          or laws. Pure science is the knowledge of these powers,
          causes, or laws, considered apart, or as pure from all
          applications. Both these terms have a similar and
          special signification when applied to the science of
          quantity; as, the applied and pure mathematics. Exact
          science is knowledge so systematized that prediction
          and verification, by measurement, experiment,
          observation, etc., are possible. The mathematical and
          physical sciences are called the exact sciences.
    {Comparative sciences}, {Inductive sciences}. See under
       {Comparative}, and {Inductive}.
    Syn: Literature; art; knowledge.
    Usage: {Science}, {Literature}, {Art}. Science is literally
           knowledge, but more usually denotes a systematic and
           orderly arrangement of knowledge. In a more
           distinctive sense, science embraces those branches of
           knowledge of which the subject-matter is either
           ultimate principles, or facts as explained by
           principles or laws thus arranged in natural order. The
           term literature sometimes denotes all compositions not
           embraced under science, but usually confined to the
           belles-lettres. [See {Literature}.] Art is that which
           depends on practice and skill in performance. ``In
           science, scimus ut sciamus; in art, scimus ut
           producamus. And, therefore, science and art may be
           said to be investigations of truth; but one, science,
           inquires for the sake of knowledge; the other, art,
           for the sake of production; and hence science is more
           concerned with the higher truths, art with the lower;
           and science never is engaged, as art is, in productive
           application. And the most perfect state of science,
           therefore, will be the most high and accurate inquiry;
           the perfection of art will be the most apt and
           efficient system of rules; art always throwing itself
           into the form of rules.'' --Karslake.
  2. \Sci"ence\, v. t.
    To cause to become versed in science; to make skilled; to
    instruct. [R.] --Francis.
Biology Dictionary
  1. The study of the material universe or physical reality in order to understand it. This is done by making observations and collecting data about natural events and conditions, then organizing and explaining them with hypotheses, theories, models, laws, and principles.
  2. The organized body of knowledge about the material universe which can be verified or tested.
  3. A particular branch of either the process of study or the body of knowledge, such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.
 Definition: a method of reaming about the world by applying the principles of the scientific method, which includes making empirical observations, proposing hypotheses to explain those observations, and testing those hypotheses in valid and reliable ways; also refers to the organized body of knowledge that results from scientific study.