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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Moving forward with offshore oil drilling reverses action by the Obama Administration, which declared Atlantic waters off-limits for oil exploration. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump admin. approves seismic tests for Atlantic offshore oil drilling," 2 Dec. 2018 Zarya takes flight November 20th, 1998 was a big day for space exploration — it’s when Zarya, the first module of the International Space Station, was launched into orbit. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Furby hell: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 24 Nov. 2018 Moons like Enceladus and Europa have long been on the wish lists of eager astronomers looking for exploration. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's AI's Best Guess at a 3D-Printed Lander for Saturn and Jupiter's Moons," 14 Nov. 2018 And in Season 8, Donna’s dynamic with Samantha allows for even more exploration of women’s working lives. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Suits Is Moving On From Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle," 25 July 2018 This isn’t a simple aesthetic change: Lakes will freeze during winter while rivers dry up in the summer, transforming the landscape and opening up new areas of exploration as the calendar progresses. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About Forza Horizon 4," 11 Sep. 2018 Most worthy of further exploration: Hold on—ketchup on spaghetti? Megan Angelo, Glamour, "THIS Is Must-See TV: All the Drama You Missed on Day One of Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings," 4 Sep. 2018 And a lander would fit with the typical rhythm of planetary exploration: fly by, orbit, land, rove. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "What Would It Take to Land on Mercury? It's Time to Find Out, Scientists Say," 30 Aug. 2018 Open-world exploration is, thanks to that swinging, a total joy. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The first hour of Spider-Man on the PS4 strains against the limits of open-world storytelling," 2 Aug. 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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