any of the natural or physical sciences, as chemistry, biology, physics, or astronomy, in which aspects of the universe are investigated by means of hypotheses and experiments.
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- hard right,
- hard rock,
- hard row to hoe,
- hard rubber,
- hard sauce,
- hard sell,
- hard shoulder,
- hard sign,
- hard solder,
- hard standing
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Origin of hard science
First recorded in 1965–70
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- one of the natural or physical sciences, such as physics, chemistry, biology, geology, or astronomy
- (as modifier)a hard-science lecture
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