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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Recent Examples on the Web According to the film, his knowledge of mathematics and also his sideline as a card shark led him to make important contributions to the construction of a hydrogen bomb and also to the earliest exploration of computer technology. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Adventures of a Mathematician': Film Review | Palm Springs 2020," 17 Jan. 2020 That design was generated in response to Shell’s oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea at the time. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Army Corps of Engineers expands plan for Nome port," 8 Jan. 2020 There's been a broad push to hand over more duties at the space station to commercial industry as NASA shifts focus to deep-space exploration, including its plan to put people back on the moon by 2024. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "SpaceX will launch genetically enhanced 'mighty mice' to the International Space Station," 5 Dec. 2019 Yolanda Kakabadse, the former president of the World Wildlife Foundation and Ecuador's former minister of environment—Celebrity is showing its commitment to low-impact exploration. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring the Galapagos Islands on the First Ship Designed for the Region," 19 Nov. 2019 According to Birch, the qualitative nature of the study was better suited to an initial exploration of the various stress factors and coping mechanisms common to esports players. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Esports gamers experience same stressors as pro athletes, study finds," 19 Nov. 2019 The topic extends from the cavemen to the exploration of other worlds, Byrne said. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Are We There Yet?’ podcast becomes WMFE radio series," 7 Nov. 2019 The choreography adds an additional layer to the exploration of language. Marina Harss, The New Yorker, "Winter Dance Preview," 1 Nov. 2019 The agency plans to eventually build a permanent moon base as a stepping stone to Mars exploration. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "NASA's new lunar rover will search for water on the moon," 26 Oct. 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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8 Feb 2020

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“Exploration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploration. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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