Definition of science
What does the word science mean?
part of speech: noun
Knowledge (archaic), whence (in mod. use) sciential a., scientially adv.; systematic& formulated knowledge (moral, political, natural, &c., s., such knowledge in reference to these subjects), pursuit of this or principles regulating such pursuit (man of s.); (also natural s.) the physical or natural ss. collectively (s. now shares the curriculum with literature, history, & mathematics); (with a& pl.) branch of knowledge, organized body of the knowledge that has been accumulated on a subject, (the s. of optics, ethics, philology; exact s., admitting of quantitative treatment; pure s., one depending on deductions from self-evident truths, as mathematics, logic; natural, physical, s., one dealing with material phenomena& based mainly on observation, experiment, & induction, as chemistry, biology, whence esp. scientist, scientism, nn.; the dismal s., political economy); expert\'s skill as opp. strength or natural ability, esp. in pugilism or other fighting. [French]