English: Etymology of Science

By Xah Lee. Date: .

what is science? science is to split, rend, cleave!

English: Etymology of Science

c.1300, “knowledge (of something) acquired by study,” also “a particular branch of knowledge,” from Old French science, from Latin scientia “knowledge,” from sciens (genitive scientis), prp. of scire “to know,” probably originally “to separate one thing from another, to distinguish,” related to scindere “to cut, divide,” from PIE root *skei- (cf. Greek skhizein “to split, rend, cleave,” Gothic skaidan, Old English sceadan “to divide, separate;” see shed (v.)).

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