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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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 debris was mapped underwater by the R/V Petrel, an underwater exploration ship responsible for the recent discovery of several famous World War II shipwrecks, including the aircraft carriers USS Wasp and USS Hornet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Recovers Lost Aircraft From Three Miles Below the Ocean's Surface," 7 June 2019 PlayGiga also showed streaming an underwater exploration game, SubNautica, over 5G to a VR headset. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "5G could be the foundation of next-gen 'cloud VR'," 27 Mar. 2019 But according to Thursday’s report by The Intercept’s ace Dragonfly chronicler Ryan Gallagher, Google’s explorations had already reached the final stages of development by the time word of the project leaked. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 Groups from Australia, Britain, China, Laos, and Myanmar are also assisting in the operation, as are several Thai companies, including the country’s biggest oil and gas exploration firm. Ryn Jirenuwat, BostonGlobe.com, "Thailand cave rescuers report progress in search for soccer team," 1 July 2018 While attending, the students will join teams and establish fictional companies pursuing Mars exploration. Emily Bloch, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Broward College student heads to NASA program | VIDEO," 26 June 2018 Jim later worked at Lear Siegler, Inc and designed the two-man submarine BENTHOS IV, which was used for numerous Naval ocean explorations. courant.com, "James A. Carnell," 25 June 2018 With the retrograde Mars, intimacy exploration will have greater lure than loud parties. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Find Summer Romance According to the Stars," 21 June 2018 Their partners and children ended up on the covers of magazines and being interviewed for news outlets, without knowing if their family members would survive space exploration. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "The Gravity of Us," 8 May 2019

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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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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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to take the place or position of

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