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natural science

a science or knowledge of objects or processes observable in nature, as biology or physics, as distinguished from the abstract or theoretical sciences, as mathematics or philosophy.
Origin of natural science
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Chemistry was for them a branch of natural science; of late years it has too much tended to degenerate into a handicraft.

    Heroes of Science M. M. Pattison Muir
  • With their reason they cannot but accept the ideas of natural science.

  • He was fond of books in general, but those that dealt with natural science and Indian craft were very close to his heart.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • The bottom shelf of all was full of books on natural science.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • Aristotle's philosophy is a marvel—for his time: but his theory of the Universe is no more tenable than his natural science.

    Social Rights And Duties Leslie Stephen
  • natural science has something to say when the phenomena of nature are in question.

    Hasisadra's Adventure Thomas Henry Huxley
  • The most copious collections relate to the study of medicine and natural science.

  • It was also rich in natural science, topography, and antiquities.

    The Book-Hunter in London William Roberts
  • This is one complete system of philosophy,—materialism in natural science, humanism in ethics.

    Three Philosophical Poets George Santayana
  • He was disciplined in all the natural science of his predecessors.

    The Story of the Mind James Mark Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for natural science

natural science

the sciences collectively that are involved in the study of the physical world and its phenomena, including biology, physics, chemistry, and geology, but excluding social sciences, abstract or theoretical sciences, such as mathematics, and applied sciences
any one of these sciences
Derived Forms
natural scientist, noun
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natural science  
A science, such as biology, chemistry, or physics, that deals with the objects, phenomena, or laws of nature and the physical world.
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