natural philosophy
noun Date: 14th century natural science; especially physical sciencenatural philosopher noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Natural philosophy — Natural Nat u*ral (?; 135), a. [OE. naturel, F. naturel, fr. L. naturalis, fr. natura. See {Nature}.] 1. Fixed or determined by nature; pertaining to the constitution of a thing; belonging to native character; according to nature; essential;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • natural philosophy — n. former name for NATURAL SCIENCE; esp., PHYSICAL SCIENCE …   English World dictionary

  • Natural philosophy — For the current in the 19th century German idealism, see Naturphilosophie. A celestial map from the 17th century, by the Dutch cartographer Frederik De Wit. Natural philosophy or the philosophy of nature (from Latin philosophia naturalis), is a… …   Wikipedia

  • natural philosophy — noun the science of matter and energy and their interactions his favorite subject was physics • Syn: ↑physics • Derivationally related forms: ↑physical (for: ↑physics), ↑physicist ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • natural philosophy — natural philosopher. 1. See natural science. 2. See physical science. [1425 75; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • natural philosophy — natural phi losophy noun uncount an old word meaning natural science …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • natural philosophy — natural phi losophy n [U] old use science …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • natural philosophy — noun archaic natural science, especially physical science. Derivatives natural philosopher noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • natural philosophy — /ˌnætʃərəl fəˈlɒsəfi/ (say .nachuhruhl fuh losuhfee) noun (formerly) the branch of physical science that dealt with the properties of natural objects, and included such subjects as physics, dynamics, and sometimes chemistry and botany …   Australian English dictionary

  • natural philosophy — noun a) The objective study of nature in the widest sense, including mathematics and all the sciences. b) The study of the physical sciences including mathematics …   Wiktionary

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