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scientific research

Research \Re*search"\ (r?-s?rch"), n. [Pref. re- + search: cf OF. recerche, F. recherche.]

  1. Diligent inquiry or examination in seeking facts or principles; laborious or continued search after truth; as, researches of human wisdom; to research a topic in the library; medical research.

    The dearest interests of parties have frequently been staked on the results of the researches of antiquaries.

  2. Systematic observation of phenomena for the purpose of learning new facts or testing the application of theories to known facts; -- also called scientific research. This is the research part of the phrase ``research and development'' (R&D).

    Note: The distinctive characteristic of scientific research is the maintenance of records and careful control or observation of conditions under which the phenomena are studied so that others will be able to reproduce the observations. When the person conducting the research varies the conditions beforehand in order to test directly the effects of changing conditions on the results of the observation, such investigation is called experimental research or experimentation or experimental science; it is often conducted in a laboratory. If the investigation is conducted with a view to obtaining information directly useful in producing objects with commercial or practical utility, the research is called applied research. Investigation conducted for the primary purpose of discovering new facts about natural phenomena, or to elaborate or test theories about natural phenomena, is called basic research or fundamental research. Research in fields such as astronomy, in which the phenomena to be observed cannot be controlled by the experimenter, is called observational research. Epidemiological research is a type of observational research in which the researcher applies statistical methods to analyse patterns of occurrence of disease and its association with other phenomena within a population, with a view to understanding the origins or mode of transmission of the disease.

    Syn: Investigation; examination; inquiry; scrutiny.

scientific research

n. Research performed using the scientific method.

scientific research

n. research into questions posed by scientific theories and hypotheses [syn: research project]

Usage examples of "scientific research".

What such critics for their part fail to realize is just how difficult scientific research actually is, how complex the testing of any even seemingly trivial hypothesis or hunch may be, and how many paradoxes and seeming mysteries we confront every day in our research which to us are at least as challenging as, but theoretically more relevant than, fretting about probably untestable phenomena like ESP.

But reducing basic scientific research is not the way to solve them.

It plays an important part in many areas of scientific research, has been an essential element in understanding string theory, and, as we now illustrate, is also something we encounter frequently in our day-to-day lives.

And, even from his early experiments and scientific research, Lawton has come up with alternative speculation which will be dealt with later in this book.

The theory that no recordings can take place in the mind until the nerves are sheathed depends upon a theoretical postulate, has never been subjected to scientific research and depends for its existence upon authority alone—.

And as experience and scientific research pump more refined and accurate knowledge into society, new concepts, new ways of thinking, supersede, contradict, and render obsolete older ideas and world views.

But the males who dominated the worlds of scientific research and corporate politics knew it.