exploration

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

Definition of exploration 

: the act or an instance of exploring

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Other Words from exploration

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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This week Hello Games released another massive (and free) expansion for No Man’s Sky, dubbed The Abyss, adding underwater exploration and base-building. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release hints, No Man's Sky heads under the sea," 2 Nov. 2018 Over the last several decades space exploration has been focused on looking outward to the edge of the solar system and beyond. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Probe Gets Closer to Sun Than Any Human-Made Object in History," 30 Oct. 2018 Halliburton’s operations are directly affected by many of Interior’s policies, including rules on how oil and gas drilling must be conducted, and which public lands and federal waters are open to energy exploration and development. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "Zinke’s own agency watchdog just referred him to the Justice Department," 30 Oct. 2018 Norway’s current plans for fossil fuel production, expansion, and exploration are dangerously out of line with these budgets. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "This Norwegian Teen Is Fighting Her Government on Arctic Oil Drilling," 4 Oct. 2018 The life of Mici and Sándor in the 1930s was a dreamy montage of pleasures and explorations. András Szántó, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Budapest Is Europe's Unlikely Capital of Hedonism," 29 Aug. 2018 But full-on interstellar exploration will cost considerably more. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Interstellar Travel Requires a Long-Term Approach (and Humans Are Too Impatient)," 10 Aug. 2018 But, as Raouafi says, the mission is also about pure exploration. Brian Resnick, Vox, "NASA is shooting a spaceship at the sun. It might help us solve a huge mystery.," 8 Aug. 2018 In a new narrated live gameplay video, lead producer Ben Irving explains the title's gameplay and world, including ways of traversal, combat and exploration. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Anthem' Producer Promises Game Will Offer a "Totally Different Experience" Every Time It's Played," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of exploration

1537, in the meaning defined above

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exploration

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exploration

: the act of exploring something

exploration

noun
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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