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experiment

noun ex·per·i·ment \ ik-ˈsper-ə-mənt also -ˈspir- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of experiment

1 a :test, trial
  • make another experiment of his suspicion
  • —William 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
2 obsolete :experience
3 :the process of testing :experimentation

Examples of experiment in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of experiment

Middle English, from Anglo-French esperiment, from Latin experimentum, from experiri

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experiment

verb ex·per·i·ment \ ik-ˈsper-ə-ˌment also -ˈspir \

Definition of experiment

intransitive verb
:to carry out experiments :try out a new procedure, idea, or activity

experimentation

play \ik-ˌsper-ə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- also -ˌspir-\ noun

experimenter

play \ik-ˈsper-ə-ˌmen-tər also -ˈspir-\ noun

Recent Examples of experiment from the Web

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First Known Use of experiment

1787

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EXPERIMENT Defined for English Language Learners

experiment

noun

Definition of experiment for English Language Learners

  • : 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


experiment

verb

Definition of experiment for English Language Learners

  • : 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


EXPERIMENT Defined for Kids

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experiment

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

Definition of experiment for Students

:a trial or test made to find out about something

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experiment

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

Definition of experiment for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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experiment

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

medical Definition of experiment

1 :a 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
2 :the process of testing :experimentation

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experiment

intransitive verb ex·per·i·ment \ -ˌment \

medical Definition of experiment

:to carry out experiments

experimentation

\ik-ˌsper-ə-mən-ˈtā-shən, -ˌmen- also -ˌspir-\ noun

experimenter

\-ˈsper-ə-ˌment-ər also -ˈspir-\ noun


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