hard science


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. hard right,
  2. hard rock,
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  4. hard rubber,
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  6. hard sell,
  7. hard shoulder,
  8. hard sign,
  9. hard solder,
  10. hard standing

Compare soft science.

Origin of hard science

First recorded in 1965–70

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British Dictionary definitions for hard science

hard science

noun

  1. one of the natural or physical sciences, such as physics, chemistry, biology, geology, or astronomy
  2. (as modifier)a hard-science lecture
Derived Formshard scientist, noun

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