|1.||the systematic study of the nature and behaviour of the material and physical universe, based on observation, experiment, and measurement, and the formulation of laws to describe these facts in general terms|
|2.||the knowledge so obtained or the practice of obtaining it|
|3.||any particular branch of this knowledge: the pure and applied sciences|
|4.||any body of knowledge organized in a systematic manner|
|5.||skill or technique|
|[C14: via Old French from Latin scientia knowledge, from scīre to know]|
science sci·ence (sī'əns)
The observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena.
Such activities restricted to explaining a limitied class of natural phenomena.
Such activities applied to an object of inquiry or study.
Knowledge, especially that gained through experience.
|science (sī'əns) Pronunciation Key
The investigation of natural phenomena through observation, theoretical explanation, and experimentation, or the knowledge produced by such investigation. ◇ Science makes use of the scientific method, which includes the careful observation of natural phenomena, the formulation of a hypothesis, the conducting of one or more experiments to test the hypothesis, and the drawing of a conclusion that confirms or modifies the hypothesis. See Note at hypothesis.