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natural philosophy

Origin of natural philosophy
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English
Related forms
natural philosopher, noun
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  • The class-lists of the time show that he distinguished himself highly in mathematics, natural philosophy, and classics.

    Lord Kelvin Andrew Gray
  • "Turn them cornerwise," suggested the professor of natural philosophy.

    Farm drainage Henry Flagg French
  • natural philosophy is empiricism extended until it becomes absolute.

  • What principles of natural philosophy are illustrated by the results of bat and ball?

    The Reason Why Anonymous
  • But he found time to make experiments in natural philosophy.

    Famous Men of Science Sarah K. Bolton
  • In 1843 he was transferred to the chair of natural philosophy.

  • But Puritanism and natural philosophy both survived the "test of truth," and were better for the ordeal.

    The Life and Times of John Wilkins Patrick A. Wright-Henderson
  • In other words, natural philosophy is the most general branch of natural science.

    Natural Philosophy Wilhelm Ostwald
  • He is said to have been a man of learning and substance, and had studied physic and natural philosophy.

  • Perhaps they did, for their natural philosophy was extremely limited.

    Bible Romances George W. Foote
British Dictionary definitions for natural philosophy

natural philosophy

noun
1.
(now only used in Scottish universities) physical science, esp physics
Derived Forms
natural philosopher, noun
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