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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The organic pigments come from oil shale deposits drilled by an energy exploration company in the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania, West Africa, about ten years ago. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Pink Was the First Color of Life on Earth," 10 July 2018 Refineries are expanding operations along the border to deliver more fuel to Mexico, while exploration companies such as Talos Energy of Houston have made major finds in Mexican waters. James Osborne, San Antonio Express-News, "As likely Mexican president Obrador softens tone, U.S. oil sector crosses fingers," 29 June 2018 Range Resources, one of the biggest oil exploration companies operating in the Marcellus Shale Deposit, comes to the town of Amity, bringing the severely mixed blessings of the fracking era. John Timpane, Philly.com, "Eliza Griswold's 'Amity and Prosperity': Fracking, profit, and human costs in western Pa.," 28 June 2018 During the body of the meeting, panelists discussed work on commercial remote sensing licenses, launch regulations that will stem from the second space policy directive, the best strategies to return to the moon and future exploration missions. Sarah Lewin, Scientific American, "Trump Orders “Space Force,” Signs Space-Traffic Policy," 19 June 2018 Space exploration companies currently rely on fossil fuels, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for a single launch. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "This Futuristic Startup Raised $40 Million to Fling Heavy Objects Into Space," 15 June 2018 The discovery could give a boost to future Mars exploration plans. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "NASA rover hits organic pay dirt on Mars," 7 June 2018 American exploration company Ocean Infinity, which started an investigation for the Malaysian government in January, stopped looking for clues after failing to find anything. Editors, USA TODAY, "Starbucks' racial-bias training, Flight MH370 probe: 5 things you need to know Tuesday," 29 May 2018 Orion is the spacecraft that NASA wants to use for human exploration missions, mounted on the Space Launch System rocket. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "This Sound Used To Mean the End of the World," 4 Apr. 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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