Stud·y n.; pl. Studies
1. A setting of the mind or thoughts upon a subject; hence, application of mind to books, arts, or science, or to any subject, for the purpose of acquiring knowledge.
Hammond . . . spent thirteen hours of the day in study. --Bp. Fell.
Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace. --Sir W. Temple.
2. Mental occupation; absorbed or thoughtful attention; meditation; contemplation.
Just men they seemed, and all their study bent
To worship God aright, and know his works. --Milton.
3. Any particular branch of learning that is studied; any object of attentive consideration.
The Holy Scriptures, especially the New Testament, are her daily study. --Law.
The proper study of mankind is man. --Pope.
4. A building or apartment devoted to study or to literary work. “His cheery little study.”
5. Fine Arts A representation or rendering of any object or scene intended, not for exhibition as an original work of art, but for the information, instruction, or assistance of the maker; as, a study of heads or of hands for a figure picture.
6. Mus. A piece for special practice. See Etude.