(1)   Ability to produce solutions in some problem domain
"The skill of a well-trained boxer"
"The sweet science of pugilism"
(2)   A particular branch of scientific knowledge
"The science of genetics"

Etymology 1

From , from , from the present participle stem of .


  1. The collective discipline of study or learning acquired through the scientific method; the sum of knowledge gained from such methods and discipline.
    • 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.
  2. A particular discipline or branch of learning, especially one dealing with measurable or systematic principles rather than intuition or natural ability.
    Of course in my opinion Social Studies is more of a science than an art.
  3. Knowledge gained through study or practice; mastery of a particular discipline or area.
    I have much science concerning fire and smoke.
  4. The fact of knowing something; knowledge or understanding of a truth:
    • 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.