ex·​per·​i·​men·​tal·​ist | \ ik-ˌsper-ə-ˈmen-tə-ləst How to pronounce experimentalist (audio) also -ˌspir- \

Definition of experimentalist

: one who experiments specifically : a person conducting scientific experiments

Examples of experimentalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His work as an experimentalist actually played a really important role in providing evidence for quantum mechanics. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, "Black physicist rethinks the 'dark' in dark matter," 2 May 2021 The experimentalist composer Harry Partch invented instruments adapted to his unorthodox tuning system. New York Times, "To Express the Sound of a Country’s Soul, He Invented New Instruments," 19 Feb. 2021 Detroit experimentalist and texture king Jimmy Edgar is the kind of producer that opens a doorway in your mind. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From San Holo, SG Lewis & Nile Rodgers, Black Coffee & More," 5 Feb. 2021 But Kondo, as a theorist and not an experimentalist, was not the first to show that his supposition was correct. Kenneth Chang, Star Tribune, "'I'm not a quitter': Myriam Sarachik never gave up on physics," 3 Sep. 2020 Noah Kurinsky, a co-author of the first paper and a dark matter experimentalist at Fermilab and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, takes criticism from physicists in stride. Daniel Garisto, Scientific American, "Direct Proof of Dark Matter May Lurk at Low-Energy Frontiers," 9 June 2020 So far, both the experimentalists and the theorists have found the exchange fruitful. Quanta Magazine, "Black Hole Echoes Would Reveal Break With Einstein’s Theory," 22 Mar. 2018 Bouju is an experimentalist who has gotten noticed for his eclectic blends, including one bottling made in collaboration with the Falstaffian rapper and travel host Action Bronson. Stephen Heyman, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Road Trip Through Auvergne’s Natural Wineries and Charming Bistros," 11 Nov. 2019 The American experimentalists John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Christian Wolff were paramount influences. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Otherworldly Minimalism of Jürg Frey," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of experimentalist

1762, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for experimentalist

experimental + -ist entry 1

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11 May 2021

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“Experimentalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/experimentalist. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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ex·​per·​i·​men·​tal·​ist | \ -ᵊl-əst How to pronounce experimentalist (audio) \

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: a person conducting scientific experiments

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