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[sahy-uh n-tist] /ˈsaɪ ən tɪst/
an expert in science, especially one of the physical or natural sciences.
Origin of scientist
1825-35; < Latin scient(ia) science + -ist
Related forms
nonscientist, noun Unabridged
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  • Climate scientist warns world of widespread suffering if further climate change is not forestalled.
  • The budding scientist learned that animal biology required too much killing for his taste.
  • After an update to its software, a robot scientist has recycled its previous research to make a new biological discovery.
  • The program there helps him broaden his skills in entrepreneurship, among other skills useful to an aspiring scientist.
  • Why one scientist is vaccinating mosquitoes, not patients.
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  • Its proving ground as a scientist has been the genome of baker's yeast, a popular laboratory species.
  • When you are a scientist your opinions and prejudices become facts.
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British Dictionary definitions for scientist


a person who studies or practises any of the sciences or who uses scientific methods


(Christian Science) Christ as supreme spiritual healer
short for Christian Scientist See Christian Scientist
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Word Origin and History for scientist

1834, a hybrid coined from Latin scientia (see science) by the Rev. William Whewell (1794-1866), English polymath, by analogy with artist, in the same paragraph in which he coined physicist (q.v.).

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