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1experiment

noun ex·per·i·ment \ik-ˈsper-ə-mənt also -ˈspir-\

: a scientific test in which you perform a series of actions and carefully observe their effects in order to learn about something

: something that is done as a test : something that you do to see how well or how badly it works

Full Definition of EXPERIMENT

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a :  test, trial <make another experiment of his suspicion — Shakespeare>
b :  a tentative procedure or policy
c :  an operation or procedure carried out under controlled conditions in order to discover an unknown effect or law, to test or establish a hypothesis, or to illustrate a known law
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obsolete :  experience
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:  the process of testing :  experimentation

Examples of EXPERIMENT

  1. Students will carry out simple laboratory experiments.
  2. They did some experiments with magnets.
  3. These theories have not yet been confirmed by experiment.
  4. an experiment in living more frugally
  5. the city's experiment with a longer school year

Origin of EXPERIMENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French esperiment, from Latin experimentum, from experiri
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

2experiment

verb ex·per·i·ment \-ˌment\

: to do a scientific test in which you perform a series of actions and carefully observe their effects

: to try a new activity or a new way of doing or thinking about something

Full Definition of EXPERIMENT

intransitive verb
:  to carry out experiments :  try out a new procedure, idea, or activity
ex·per·i·men·ta·tion \ik-ˌsper-ə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- also -ˌspir-\ noun
ex·per·i·ment·er \-ˈsper-ə-ˌmen-tər also -ˈspir-\ noun

First Known Use of EXPERIMENT

1787

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous
EXPERIMENTATION Defined for Kids

1experiment

noun ex·per·i·ment \ik-ˈsper-ə-mənt\

Definition of EXPERIMENT for Kids

:  a trial or test made to find out about something

2experiment

verb ex·per·i·ment \ik-ˈsper-ə-ˌment\
ex·per·i·ment·edex·per·i·ment·ing

Definition of EXPERIMENT for Kids

:  to try or test a new way, idea, or activity :  to make experiments

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