ex·plo·ra·tion | \ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən, -ˌsplȯ-\

Definition of exploration 

: the act or an instance of exploring

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explorational \ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shnəl, -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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In the first edition of The Food Lab, published in 2009, Mr. López-Alt spent more than 3,500 words taking readers through an exploration of the different ways to boil eggs. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "How Online Hobbyists Can Reaffirm Your Faith in the Internet," 11 July 2018 The podcast’s most recent episode is a deep dive into the creation of the nuclear bomb, which includes an exploration of the life of Albert Einstein. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Top Picks: PBS’s 'No Passport Required,' 'Oh Lucy!' on DVD and Blu-ray, and more," 6 July 2018 The exploration of this moon ranks atop the list of most desirable missions alongside returning some rocky material from Mars for study on Earth. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Senior scientist argues that we should bypass Europa for Enceladus," 5 July 2018 Opportunity’s mission was originally slated to last only 90 days, but has been able to continue long-term exploration of the Martian terrain. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Giant mountain on Mars rises above massive dust storm," 5 July 2018 From the downfall of a buzzy biotech startup to the quest to revive the extinct woolly mammoth to explorations of the historic 1918 flu pandemic, there’s sure to be a page-turner below to capture your attention. Sarah Mupo, STAT, "The 39 best health and science books to read this summer," 25 June 2018 The Seattle Times’ visual exploration of the collection is wholly engrossing. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Philly fights summer hunger, school district plans massive cleanup | Morning Newsletter," 21 June 2018 The Information, a tech news outlet, first reported details about CrowdStrike’s exploration of a venture capital infusion on Monday. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cybersecurity Firm CrowdStrike Raises $200 Million at $3 Billion Private Valuation," 19 June 2018 What starts out as a nightmarish, nearly unbearable exploration of grief and death and mourning then shifts gears into a demonic-cult genre film. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Is Hereditary Really As Scary As Everyone Says?," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of exploration

1537, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of exploration

: the act of exploring something


ex·plo·ra·tion | \ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən \

Kids Definition of exploration

: the act or an instance of searching through or into

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evasion of direct action or statement

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