Definition of "science" [sci•ence]

  • The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena. (noun)
  • Such activities restricted to a class of natural phenomena. (noun)
  • Such activities applied to an object of inquiry or study. (noun)
  • Methodological activity, discipline, or study: I've got packing a suitcase down to a science. (noun)
  • An activity that appears to require study and method: the science of purchasing. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "science" in a sentence
  • "The past dead ends of science may not be relevant for a science class, but they are quite relevant for a *history of science* or *philosophy of science* class, as a corrective to the notion that science is a linear progression of successful theories."
  • "We should remember at the outset that the nomad or minor science evoked in A Thousand Plateaus is not the Royal or major science that makes up the entirety of what Deleuze and Guattari call ˜science™ in What is Philosophy?."
  • "This chapter also draws largely, especially upon geological and chemical science, and affords another illustration of what, I trust, Mr. Stephens's book will more and more impress upon our working farmers, that _skilful practice is applied science_."