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academy of motion picture arts and sciences

  • noun an academy that gives annual awards for achievements in motion picture production and performance
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academy of television arts and sciences

  • noun an academy that gives annual awards for outstanding achievements in television
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applied science

  • noun the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems
    engineering; applied science; technology.
    • he had trouble deciding which branch of engineering to study
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associate in applied science

  • noun an associate degree in applied science
    AAS.
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bachelor of arts in library science

  • noun a bachelor's degree in library science
    ABLS.
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bachelor of naval science

  • noun a bachelor's degree in naval science
    BNS.
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bachelor of science

  • noun a bachelor's degree in science
    SB; BS.
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bachelor of science in architecture

  • noun a bachelor's degree in architecture
    BSArch.
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bachelor of science in engineering

  • noun a bachelor's degree in engineering
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big science

  • noun scientific research that requires massive capital investment but is expected to yield very significant results
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biological science

  • noun the science that studies living organisms
    biology.
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biomedical science

  • noun the application of the principles of the natural sciences to medicine
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brain science

  • noun the branch of neuroscience concerned with the brain
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chemical science

  • noun the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
    chemistry.
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christian science

  • noun Protestant denomination founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1866
    Church of Christ Scientist.
  • noun religious system based on teachings of Mary Baker Eddy emphasizing spiritual healing
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cognitive science

  • noun the field of science concerned with cognition; includes parts of cognitive psychology and linguistics and computer science and cognitive neuroscience and philosophy of mind
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Comparative sciences

  • those which are based on a comprehensive comparison of the range of objects or facts in any branch or department, and which aim to study out and treat of the fundamental laws or systems of relation pervading them; as, comparative anatomy, comparative physiology, comparative philology.
Webster 1913

Comparative sciences, Inductive sciences

  • . See under Comparative, and Inductive.
Webster 1913

computer science

  • noun the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
    computing.
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Concrete science

  • a physical science, one having as its subject of knowledge concrete things instead of abstract laws.
Webster 1913

cooper union for the advancement of science and art

  • noun university founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper to offer free courses in the arts and sciences
    Cooper Union.
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creation science

  • noun an effort to give scientific support for the truth of the account of Creation given in the Book of Genesis
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department of computer science

  • noun the academic department responsible for teaching and research in computer science
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doctor of science

  • noun an honorary degree in science
    ScD; DS.
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domestic science

  • noun theory and practice of homemaking
    household arts; home ec; home economics.
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earth science

  • noun any of the sciences that deal with the earth or its parts
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economic science

  • noun the branch of social science that deals with the production and distribution and consumption of goods and services and their management
    political economy; economics.
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engineering science

  • noun the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems
    engineering; applied science; technology.
    • he had trouble deciding which branch of engineering to study
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environmental science

  • noun the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment
    bionomics; ecology.
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genetic science

  • noun the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms
    genetics.
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geophysical science

  • noun geology that uses physical principles to study properties of the earth
    geophysics.
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Inductive sciences

  • those sciences which admit of, and employ, the inductive method, as astronomy, botany, chemistry, etc.
Webster 1913

information science

  • noun the sciences concerned with gathering, manipulating, storing, retrieving, and classifying recorded information
    informatics; IP; information processing.
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library science

  • noun the study of the principles and practices of library administration
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life science

  • noun any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms
    bioscience.
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master of arts in library science

  • noun a master's degree in library science
    MALS.
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master of library science

  • noun a master's degree in library science
    MLS.
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master of science

  • noun a master's degree in science
    MSc; SM; MS.
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master of science in engineering

  • noun a master's degree in engineering
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medical science

  • noun the science of dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease
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military science

  • noun the discipline dealing with the principles of warfare
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national academy of sciences

  • noun an honorary American society of scientists created by President Lincoln during the American Civil War
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national science foundation

  • noun an independent agency of the federal government responsible for the promotion of progress in science and engineering by supporting programs in research and education
    NSF.
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Natural science

  • noun the sciences involved in the study of the physical world and its phenomena
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  • natural history, in its broadest sense; used especially in contradistinction to mental or moral science.
Webster 1913

Occult sciences

  • those sciences of the Middle Ages which related to the supposed action or influence of occult qualities, or supernatural powers, as alchemy, magic, necromancy, and astrology.
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physical science

  • noun the physical properties, phenomena, and laws of something
    physics.
    • he studied the physics of radiation
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political science

  • noun the study of government of states and other political units
    politics; government.
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psychological science

  • noun the science of mental life
    psychology.
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science fiction

  • noun literary fantasy involving the imagined impact of science on society
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science lab

  • noun a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
    science lab; research laboratory; research lab; lab; laboratory.
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science laboratory

  • noun a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
    science lab; research laboratory; research lab; lab; laboratory.
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science museum

  • noun a museum that collects and displays objects having scientific interest
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science teacher

  • noun someone who teaches science
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Seven sciences

  • . See the Note under Science, n., 4.
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Social science

  • noun the branch of science that studies society and the relationships of individual within a society
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  • the science of all that relates to the social condition, the relations and institutions which are involved in man's existence and his well-being as a member of an organized community; sociology. It concerns itself with questions of the public health, education, labor, punishment of crime, reformation of criminals, and the like.
Webster 1913

zoological science

  • noun the branch of biology that studies animals
    zoology.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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