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science fiction definition

Overview

This page has 4 definitions of science fiction in English and Polish. Science fiction is a noun. Examples of how to use science fiction in a sentence are shown. Also define these 22 related words and terms: fiction, technology, science, scientific romance, scientifiction, sci-fi, SF, skiffy, stf, fantasy, horror, imaginative fiction, non-mimetic fiction, SF/F/H, speculative fiction, hard science fiction, proto-science fiction, soft science fiction, literature, science fiction, fantastyka naukowa, and unbelievable.

English science fiction definition

Cover of Rocket to the Moon, a 1951 science fiction comic book.

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Etymology

From science + fiction; apparently coined in 1851 by W. Wilson.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈsaɪəns ˌfɪkʃən/
  • Hyphenation: sci‧ence fic‧tion
  • Rhymes: -ɪkʃən

Noun

science fiction (uncountable)

  1. Fiction in which advanced technology or science is a key element.
    Some people consider motion pictures such as the Star Wars movies more as fantasies than science fiction.
    Synonyms: scientific romance (dated), scientifiction (dated), sci-fi, SF, skiffy, stf
    Coordinate terms: fantasy, horror
    Hypernyms: imaginative fiction, non-mimetic fiction, SF/F/H, speculative fiction
    Hyponyms: hard science fiction, proto-science fiction, soft science fiction
    • Science definition
      A particular discipline or branch of learning, especially one dealing with measurable or systematic principles rather than intuition or natural ability. (1 of 8 science definitions)
    • Hard Science Fiction definition
      A subgenre of science fiction that focuses on technical detail and scientific accuracy.
    • Proto-Science Fiction definition
      Any of various early literature that contained elements that would develop into science fiction
  2. (by extension) Technology that, while theoretically possible, is not yet practical.
    Despite decades of research, mass-market personal aircraft are still science fiction.

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Polish science fiction definition

Etymology

From English science fiction.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈsa.jɛns fʲikʂn/

Noun

science fiction n (indeclinable)

  1. (literature) science fiction (genre of fiction)
    Synonym: fantastyka naukowa
    • Fantastyka Naukowa definition
      science fiction (genre of fiction)
  2. (colloquial) something unbelievable

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