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 exploration (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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Recent Examples on the Web Space enthusiasts, including NASA, see enormous benefit in the shift — a new era of space exploration that will usher in a more capable and efficient space industry. Washington Post, "As private companies erode government’s hold on space travel, NASA looks to open a new frontier," 25 Feb. 2021 The problem is likely to get worse under President Biden, who has already canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and appointed Rep. Deb Haaland, an opponent of oil-and-gas exploration, to lead the Interior Department. WSJ, "Energy Policy After the Texas Blackouts," 23 Feb. 2021 Now 86 years old, Duke spoke to me about the importance of space exploration as a means to quench man’s eternal thirst for new horizons, new technology, and a better understanding of himself. Doug Mckelway, Washington Examiner, "A conversation with Charlie Duke, former NASA astronaut," 22 Feb. 2021 What does fall to parents, however, is setting up avenues for this type of exploration. Mary Kearl, Popular Science, "4 fun techniques to keep kids learning while they’re stuck at home," 20 Feb. 2021 Nomadland is a work of exploration, and not just across the sprawling American West. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Nomadland Explores Survival on the Road After the Great Recession," 20 Feb. 2021 Two decades of underwater exploration have given Woolsey, 36, an intimate understanding of the threats facing reefs. Megan Alldridge And Stefanie Blendis, CNN, "A marine biologist is using virtual reality to bring people closer to the ocean," 18 Feb. 2021 The news was personally delivered in September 2019 by the U.S. ambassador to Bosnia, who presented the mayor with a letter from NASA's director of Mars exploration honoring the connection between the village and the red planet. Almir Alic, Star Tribune, "Bosnia village with link to Mars enthralled by rover landing," 17 Feb. 2021 On the 9th, the first of three spacecraft will arrive at the Red Planet and inaugurate a new era of Martian exploration. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "February’s Gonna Be a Big Month for Mars," 1 Feb. 2021

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Exploration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploration. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exploration

: the act of exploring something


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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