see also: Science
  • IPA: /ˈsaɪəns/


  1. (countable) A particular discipline or branch of learning, especially one dealing with measurable or systematic principles rather than intuition or natural ability. [from 14th c.]
    Of course in my opinion Social Studies is more of a science than an art.
  2. Specifically the natural sciences.
    My favorite subjects at school are science, mathematics, and history.
  3. (uncountable, archaic) Knowledge gained through study or practice; mastery of a particular discipline or area. [from 14th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book III, canto I:
      For by his mightie Science he had seene / The secret vertue of that weapon keene {{...}
    • If we conceive God's or science, before the creation, to be extended to all and every part of the world, seeing everything as it is, […] his science or sight from all eternity lays no necessity on anything to come to pass.
    • Shakespeare's deep and accurate science in mental philosophy
  4. (now, only theology) The fact of knowing something; knowledge or understanding of a truth. [from 14th c.]
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, I Timothy 6:20-21
      O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding vain and profane babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
  5. (uncountable) The collective discipline of study or learning acquired through the scientific method; the sum of knowledge gained from such methods and discipline. [from 18th c.]
    • 1951 January 1, Albert Einstein, letter to Maurice Solovine, as published in Letters to Solovine (1993)
      I have found no better expression than "religious" for confidence in the rational nature of reality […] Whenever this feeling is absent, science degenerates into uninspired empiricism.
  6. (uncountable) Knowledge derived from scientific disciplines, scientific method, or any systematic effort.
  7. (uncountable) The scientific community.
  8. (euphemism, with definite article) Synonym of sweet science (“the sport of boxing”)
    • 1816, The art and practice of English boxing (page v)
      From a conviction, that the science is universally understood, the strong are taught humility, and the weak confidence. Many have laughed at the idea, that Boxing is of national service, but they have laughed at the expence[sic] of truth.
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science (sciences, present participle sciencing; past and past participle scienced)

  1. (transitive, dated) To cause to become versed in science; to make skilled; to instruct.
  2. (transitive, colloquial, humorous) To use science to solve a problem.


  1. Obsolete spelling of scion#English|scion


science (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of science, especially when defined as a school subject.
Proper noun
  1. A U.S. television channel owned by Discovery Communications.

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