hard science

hard science

noun
any of the natural or physical sciences, as chemistry, biology, physics, or astronomy, in which aspects of the universe are investigated by means of hypotheses and experiments.
Compare soft science.


Origin:
1965–70

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hard science
 
n
a.  one of the natural or physical sciences, such as physics, chemistry, biology, geology, or astronomy
 b.  (as modifier): a hard-science lecture
 
hard scientist
 
n

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