noun, plural studies.
application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading, investigation, or reflection:
long hours of study.
the cultivation of a particular branch of learning, science, or art:
the study of law.
Often, studies. a personal effort to gain knowledge:
to pursue one’s studies.
something studied or to be studied:
Balzac’s study was human nature.
research or a detailed examination and analysis of a subject, phenomenon, etc.:
She made a study of the transistor market for her firm.
a written account of such research, examination, or analysis:
He published a study of Milton’s poetry.
a well-defined, organized branch of learning or knowledge.
zealous endeavor or assiduous effort.
the object of such endeavor or effort.
deep thought, reverie, or a state of abstraction:
He was lost in study and did not hear us come in.
a room, in a house or other building, set apart for private study, reading, writing, or the like.
Also called étude. Music. a composition that combines exercise in technique with a greater or lesser amount of artistic value.
a literary composition executed for exercise or as an experiment in a particular method of treatment.
such a composition dealing in detail with a particular subject, as a single main character.
Art. something produced as an educational exercise, as a memorandum or record of observations or effects, or as a guide for a finished production:
She made a quick pencil sketch of his hands as a study for the full portrait in oils.
a person, as an actor, considered in terms of his or her quickness or slowness in memorizing lines:
a quick study.
verb (used without object), studied, studying.
to apply oneself to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading, investigation, or practice.
to apply oneself; endeavor.
to think deeply, reflect, or consider.
to take a course of study, as at a college.
verb (used with object), studied, studying.
to apply oneself to acquiring a knowledge of (a subject).
to examine or investigate carefully and in detail:
to study the political situation.
to observe attentively; scrutinize:
to study a person’s face.
to read carefully or intently:
to study a book.
to endeavor to learn or memorize, as a part in a play.
to consider, as something to be achieved or devised.
to think out, as the result of careful consideration or devising.
verb studies, studying, studied
to apply the mind to the learning or understanding of (a subject), esp by reading: to study languages, to study all night
(transitive) to investigate or examine, as by observation, research, etc: to study the effects of heat on metal
(transitive) to look at minutely; scrutinize
(transitive) to give much careful or critical thought to
to take a course in (a subject), as at a college
(transitive) to try to memorize: to study a part for a play
(intransitive) to meditate or contemplate; reflect
noun (pl) studies
the act or process of studying
(as modifier): study group
a room used for studying, reading, writing, etc
(often pl) work relating to a particular discipline: environmental studies
an investigation and analysis of a subject, situation, etc: a study of transport provision in rural districts
a product of studying, such as a written paper or book
a drawing, sculpture, etc, executed for practice or in preparation for another work
a musical composition intended to develop one aspect of performing technique: a study in spiccato bowing
(theatre) a person who memorizes a part in the manner specified: a quick study
in a brown study, in a reverie or daydream
study stud·y (stŭd’ē)
Research, detailed examination, or analysis of an organism, object, or phenomenon. v. stud·ied, stud·y·ing, stud·ies
To research, examine, or analyze something.
see: brown study
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