ex·​per·​i·​men·​tal·​ist ik-ˌsper-ə-ˈmen-tə-ləst How to pronounce experimentalist (audio)
 also  -ˌspir-
: one who experiments
specifically : a person conducting scientific experiments

Examples of experimentalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The giants of 18th- and 19th-century math — Euler, Gauss, Riemann — were all experimentalists who relied on massive amounts of computation, done laboriously by hand. Quanta Magazine, 26 Jan. 2024 Share this article Newsletter Get Quanta Magazine delivered to your inbox Introduction For many decades, exploring fitness landscapes was primarily the reserve of theoreticians working with simulated organisms, or pioneering experimentalists working on a relatively small scale. Quanta Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 For the real experimentalists, Bless does well, and not just the apparel, but the objects. Mark Holgate, Vogue, 13 Dec. 2023 An experimentalist with a taste for the Black avant-garde, Whack broke onto the music scene in 2018 with Whack World, a 15-track, 15-minute-long mini-album brimming with invention and whimsy. Jason Parham, WIRED, 12 Dec. 2023 Yet, given how the genre is undergoing an artistic renaissance — not only thanks to chart-toppers like Walker and SZA but also bracing underground experimentalists like Liv.e and KeiyaA — discussion of its demise seems more a problem of perception at this point than actual truth. Mosi Reeves, Rolling Stone, 23 May 2023 In a preprint posted shortly after, experimentalists at Google reported implementing that idea, which involved severing connections between neighboring qubits. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 9 May 2023 An earlier team of experimentalists had a high margin of error, so their results were not sufficiently reliable. Michelle Frank, Scientific American, 13 Mar. 2023 Gravitational Detectors Some ambitious experimentalists are starting to explore the use of modern quantum mechanical sensors to register the tiny gravitational pull of individual dark matter particles zooming through Earth. Joseph Howlett, Scientific American, 5 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of experimentalist was in 1762

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“Experimentalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/experimentalist. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


ex·​per·​i·​men·​tal·​ist -ᵊl-əst How to pronounce experimentalist (audio)
: a person conducting scientific experiments
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