Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person who is engaged in and has expert knowledge of a science, especially a biological or physical science.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A person versed in or devoted to science; a man of science; a savant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Recent One learned in science; a scientific investigator; one devoted to scientific study; a savant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person with advanced knowledge of one or more sciences

Etymologies

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Latin stem scientia with suffix -ist.

Examples

  • I know you think your claimed standing as a scientist is a universal trump card around here, but you seriously should consider the possibility that other people around here sometimes have relevant expertise.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Bitter Fruits of a Finance-Oriented Economy

  • When you think of the word scientist, like most, you might immediately conjure up images of a guy in a laboratory and a white lab coat doing experiments, and it usually has a clinical depiction.

    The Sacred Promise

  • When you think of the word scientist, like most, you might immediately conjure up images of a guy in a laboratory and a white lab coat doing experiments, and it usually has a clinical depiction.

    The Sacred Promise

  • Mark Lynas writes on the Guardian blog about how not being a scientist is a help, not a hindrance, in enabling him to communicate science effectively.

    Science

  • The measure of credibility of a scientist is asking questions that are advance their field, no matter what the answer is.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Strange Death of the Public Option

  • When you think of the word scientist, like most, you might immediately conjure up images of a guy in a laboratory and a white lab coat doing experiments, and it usually has a clinical depiction.

    The Sacred Promise

  • Less weight, in fact, because our scientist is an "expert" and therefore, an "elitist."

    Idiot America

  • Less weight, in fact, because our scientist is an "expert" and therefore, an "elitist."

    Lance Mannion:

  • I'm a little surprised that people react so badly to your job because I think being a scientist is the coolest job in the world!

    Illness

  • Part of being a scientist is about using the scientific method to investigate things and attain new information while correcting the old.

    Think Progress » Donald Trump: Take Al Gore’s Nobel Prize away because of ‘coldest winter ever recorded.’

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