Definitions for "Scientific theory"
Well-tested and widely accepted scientific hypothesis. Compare scientific data, scientific hypothesis, scientific law, scientific methods, scientific model.
A theory that deals with verifiable phenomena and is highly ordered and structured.
(SCI·en·TIF·ic THE·o·ry). An attempt to explain a set of empirical events, particularly when assumptions exist as to how to bridge gaps in available knowledge about underlying factors. Theories vary widely in their organization and scope, from the simplest of hunches, through testable hypotheses of various sorts that deal with specific empirical predictions, to large-scale systems of deductively related “laws” (statements of reliable relationships between empirical variables). Scientific theory constitutes the attempt to explain the observable of a specific domain of investigation through use of the scientific method.
a framework for understanding the world or some part of the world
a little like a window that scientists use to view their part of the world
an established and experimentally verified fact or collection of facts about the world
a single-stranded chain that can break at any link, and a chain with many dubious links is almost certainy worthless
Keywords:  gist, guess, deeper, little, that
a little deeper than that, but I guess that's the gist of it
an actualization of a virtual ontology
Keywords:  schema, analysis
a schema of analysis
a formal system which requires a physical interpretation by means of co-ordinative definitions
a pattern whose claims have been tested again and again and found to be substantial so far
Keywords:  fulfills, evaluated, tool, serves, well
a tool that serves some end, and it can be evaluated only by reference to how well it fulfills that end
Keywords:  description