What does Scientist mean?

Definitions for Scientist
ˈsaɪ ən tɪstsci·en·tist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scientistnoun

    a person with advanced knowledge of one or more sciences


  1. scientistnoun

    One whose activities make use of the scientific method to answer questions regarding the measurable universe. A scientist may be involved in original research, or make use of the results of the research of others.

  2. Etymology: stem scientia with suffix -ist.


  1. Scientist

    A scientist is a person who researches to advance knowledge in an area of the natural sciences. By modern definitions, many scientists are required to have advanced degrees in an area of science and careers in various sectors of the economy such as academia, industry, government, and nonprofits pertaining to their discipline. In classical antiquity, there was no real ancient analog of a modern scientist. Instead, philosophers engaged in the philosophical study of nature called natural philosophy, a precursor of natural science. Though Thales (circa 624–545 BC) was arguably the first scientist for describing how cosmic events may be seen as natural, not necessarily caused by gods, it was not until the 19th century that the term scientist came into regular use after it was coined by the theologian, philosopher, and historian of science William Whewell in 1833.


  1. scientist

    A scientist is a person who conducts scientific research, utilizing systematic and standardized methods to study and understand natural phenomena. They formulate hypotheses, collect data through observation and experiments, and interpret the results to draw conclusions and expand knowledge in various fields such as physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, and more. Scientists play a key role in technological advancements, understanding the environment, and addressing global issues.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scientistnoun

    one learned in science; a scientific investigator; one devoted to scientific study; a savant


  1. Scientist

    A scientist, in a broad sense, is one engaging in a systematic activity to acquire knowledge. In a more restricted sense, a scientist is an individual who uses the scientific method. The person may be an expert in one or more areas of science. This article focuses on the more restricted use of the word. Scientists perform research toward a more comprehensive understanding of nature, including physical, mathematical and social realms. Philosophy can be seen as a distinct activity, which is aimed towards a more comprehensive understanding of intangible aspects of reality and experience that cannot be physically measured. Scientists are also distinct from engineers, those who design, build and maintain devices for particular situations. When science is done with a goal toward practical utility, it is called applied science. An applied scientist may not be designing something in particular, but rather is conducting research with the aim of developing new technologies and practical methods. When science is done with an inclusion of intangible aspects of reality it is called natural philosophy.

Editors Contribution

  1. scientist

    A person with the specific and accurate ability, experience, knowledge, qualification, training, role and responsibility for a specific element of science and an accurate job title and job person specification.

    Scientists vary in a range of industries across the world and are all respected.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 1, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Scientist' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4382

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Scientist' in Nouns Frequency: #836

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Scientist in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Scientist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Scientist in a Sentence

  1. Marlo Thomas:

    Jennifer Aniston has been with us since the beginning, Michael Strahan and Sofia Vergara … we had Robin Williams -- God bless him -- for every year since we’ve been doing this for 11 years, but he’s no longer with us, and John Hamm is helping us out this year, everybody wants to be a part of the St. Jude story because …there’s no place like [it]. We have both a research center and a treatment center under one roof – that means that every child gets a scientist and a doctor working on their case.

  2. Debbie Sterling:

    Growing up as a little girl, I certainly had no interest in becoming a scientist or mathematician or engineer, i thought it was a boys-only club for geniuses. And I pictured this old white man in a lab coat with no friends.

  3. Larry Lemke:

    What we need to do is, elevate the conversation to the professional research scientist/engineer level, at the moment, the action on this front appears to be with private groups in France and Chile who have agreed to cooperate in the open investigation of UFOs. I wish them well in the coming years.

  4. Aubrey de Grey:

    There are really very important differences between the type of creativity involved in being a scientist and being a technical engineer. It means that I’m able to think in very different ways and come up with approaches to things that are different from the way a basic scientist might think.

  5. Barack Obama:

    There are folks who will equivocate. They’ll say, 'You know, I’m not a scientist.' Well, I’m not either. But the best scientists in the world know that climate change is happening.

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