exploration

noun
ex·​plo·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exploration (audio) , -ˌsplȯ-\

Definition of exploration

: the act or an instance of exploring

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Other Words from exploration

explorational \ ˌek-​splə-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce explorational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​ˌsplȯ-​ \ adjective

Examples of exploration in a Sentence

a topic for scholarly exploration the early exploration of the West early explorations of the West
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The otherworldly photographs of Reuben Wu represent another kind of exploration. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "How Drones Are Revolutionizing the Way Film and Television Is Made," 31 May 2018 The whole focus of the show is that of self-exploration. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Body Mind Spirit Expo in Tinley Park all about healing, empowering," 18 May 2018 This eccentric island packs a weekend’s worth of explorations—from cider tastings to stand-up paddle boarding in the Puget Sound. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Best Day Trips from Seattle," 17 May 2018 According to Business Insider, Dolly Singh, the former Head of Talent at SpaceX, Musk's space exploration company, described him as Hughes-like. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Elon Musk and Howard Hughes eccentric, Hollywood-loving entrepreneurs who share much in common," 7 Sep. 2018 There have been many explorations of the Martian surface at this point. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "To Understand How the Earth Formed, and How It Might Disappear, NASA Is Drilling on Mars," 21 Feb. 2019 The centerpiece of the movie is the exploration of the internet, and the film has a tremendous amount of fun using it as a playground and occasionally a punching bag. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Lego Movie of Disney films," 14 Nov. 2018 It was supposed to be an exploration of ethical failure and digital devices. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If you can quit social media, but don’t, then you’re part of the problem, Jaron Lanier says," 27 July 2018 There's also a six-night exploration of the Australian Outback created to complement an Australia cruise. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Couture Collection tours at Silversea promise rare adventures," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of exploration

1537, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exploration was in 1537

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exploration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exploration

: the act of exploring something

exploration

noun
ex·​plo·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exploration (audio) \

Kids Definition of exploration

: the act or an instance of searching through or into

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