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scientist

[sahy-uh n-tist] /ˈsaɪ ən tɪst/
noun
1.
an expert in science, especially one of the physical or natural sciences.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Latin scient(ia) science + -ist
Related forms
nonscientist, noun
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  • scientists now are decoding the blueprint of human life.
  • They are also both the sort of thing climate scientists expect more of in a warming world.
  • If scientists want their views to be accorded the respect due to science, then they must speak as scientists, not as lobbyists.
  • One reason is that scientists seem likely to argue about the validity of her work.
  • Other times, ideas are contributed, but the overall aesthetic leaves scientists uneasy.
  • They are also linked in both being the sort of events climate scientists predict more of in a warming world.
  • The first people to say that feeding the world deserved more attention were not politicians, scientists or business people.
  • The scientists regard the weather-modification crowd as cranks.
  • The disparity puzzled scientists and fuelled scepticism.
  • Ten years ago scientists reckoned that summer sea-ice would be gone by the end of this century.
British Dictionary definitions for scientists

scientist

/ˈsaɪəntɪst/
noun
1.
a person who studies or practises any of the sciences or who uses scientific methods

Scientist

/ˈsaɪəntɪst/
noun
1.
(Christian Science) Christ as supreme spiritual healer
2.
short for Christian Scientist See Christian Scientist
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Word Origin and History for scientists

scientist

n.

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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