from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The principles and empirical processes of discovery and demonstration considered characteristic of or necessary for scientific investigation, generally involving the observation of phenomena, the formulation of a hypothesis concerning the phenomena, experimentation to demonstrate the truth or falseness of the hypothesis, and a conclusion that validates or modifies the hypothesis.
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- noun sciences A method of discovering
knowledgeabout the natural world based in making falsifiablepredictions ( hypotheses), testing them empirically, & developing theories that match known data from repeatable physical experimentation.
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- noun a method of investigation involving observation and theory to test scientific hypotheses
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