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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.