science fiction


Cover of Rocket to the Moon, a 1951 science fiction comic book.
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From science + fiction; apparently coined in 1851 by W. Wilson.


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


science fiction (usually uncountable, plural science fictions)

  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: (dated) scientific romance, (dated) scientifiction, 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
  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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Borrowed from English science fiction.


  • IPA(key): /ˈsa.jɛns fikʂn/
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science fiction n (indeclinable)

  1. (literature) science fiction (genre of fiction)
    Synonym: fantastyka naukowa
  2. (colloquial) something unbelievable
    • 2013, “Łódź żyje Janowiczem. "To jakieś science fiction"”, in Wprost[1]:
      - To dla nas jakieś science fiction. Nie wiemy, w jakim świecie żyjemy. To jest po prostu coś nieprawdopodobnego - mówi Ewa Nadel, prezes klubu, którego zawodnikiem jest Janowicz.
      "This is something incredible. We don't know what world we live in. This is just something improbable," Ewa Nadel says, the president of the club, who's player is Janowicz.

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