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^science. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Merriam-Webster, Inc. [2011-10-16]. （原始内容存档于2019-09-01）. 3 a: knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method b: such knowledge or such a system of knowledge concerned with the physical world and its phenomena