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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Study \Stud"y\, n.; pl. Studies. [OE. studie, L. studium, akin to studere to study; possibly akin to Gr. ? haste, zeal, ? to hasten; cf. OF. estudie, estude, F. ['e]tude. Cf. Etude, Student, Studio, Study, v. i.] 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. [1913 Webster] Hammond . . . spent thirteen hours of the day in study. --Bp. Fell. [1913 Webster] Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] 2. Mental occupation; absorbed or thoughtful attention; meditation; contemplation. [1913 Webster] Just men they seemed, and all their study bent To worship God aright, and know his works. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Any particular branch of learning that is studied; any object of attentive consideration. [1913 Webster] The Holy Scriptures, especially the New Testament, are her daily study. --Law. [1913 Webster] The proper study of mankind is man. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 4. A building or apartment devoted to study or to literary work. "His cheery little study." --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 6. (Mus.) A piece for special practice. See Etude. [1913 Webster]