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.
Stud·y v. i. [imp. & p. p. Studied p. pr. & vb. n. Studying ]
1. To fix the mind closely upon a subject; to dwell upon anything in thought; to muse; to ponder.
I found a moral first, and then studied for a fable. --Swift.
2. To apply the mind to books or learning.
3. To endeavor diligently; to be zealous.
Stud·y, v. t.
1. To apply the mind to; to read and examine for the purpose of learning and understanding; as, to study law or theology; to study languages.
2. To consider attentively; to examine closely; as, to study the work of nature.
Study thyself; what rank or what degree
The wise Creator has ordained for thee. --Dryden.
3. To form or arrange by previous thought; to con over, as in committing to memory; as, to study a speech.
4. To make an object of study; to aim at sedulously; to devote one's thoughts to; as, to study the welfare of others; to study variety in composition.
For their heart studieth destruction. --Prov. xxiv. 2.
n 1: a detailed critical inspection [syn: survey]
2: applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject
(especially by reading); "mastering a second language
requires a lot of work"; "no schools offer graduate study
in interior design" [syn: work]
3: a written document describing the findings of some
individual or group; "this accords with the recent study
by Hill and Dale" [syn: report, written report]
4: a state of deep mental absorption; "she is in a deep study"
5: a room used for reading and writing and studying; "he
knocked lightly on the closed door of the study"
6: a branch of knowledge; "in what discipline is his
doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their
subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"
[syn: discipline, subject, subject area, subject
field, field, field of study, bailiwick, branch of
7: preliminary drawing for later elaboration; "he made several
studies before starting to paint" [syn: sketch]
8: attentive consideration and meditation; "after much
cogitation he rejected the offer" [syn: cogitation]
9: someone who memorizes quickly and easily (as the lines for a
part in a play); "he is a quick study"
10: a composition intended to develop one aspect of the
performer's technique; "a study in spiccato bowing"
v 1: consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to
discover essential features or meaning; "analyze a
sonnet by Shakespeare"; "analyze the evidence in a
criminal trial"; "analyze your real motives" [syn: analyze,
analyse, examine, canvass, canvas]
2: be a student; follow a course of study; be enrolled at an
institute of learning
3: give careful consideration to; "consider the possibility of
moving" [syn: consider]
4: be a student of a certain subject; "She is reading for the
bar exam" [syn: learn, read, take]
5: learn by reading books; "He is studying geology in his
room"; "I have an exam next week; I must hit the books
now" [syn: hit the books]
6: think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes; "He
is meditating in his study" [syn: meditate, contemplate]