gedankenexperiment

noun
ge·​dank·​en·​ex·​per·​i·​ment | \ gə-ˈdäŋ-kən-ik-ˌsper-ə-mənt also -ˌspir- How to pronounce gedankenexperiment (audio) \

Definition of gedankenexperiment

: an experiment carried out in thought only

First Known Use of gedankenexperiment

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gedankenexperiment

German, from Gedanke thought + Experiment experiment

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gedankenexperiment

Dictionary Entries near gedankenexperiment

Geckonidae

GED

gedanite

gedankenexperiment

Geddes

Gedeckt

Gedeckt Pommer

Statistics for gedankenexperiment

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for gedankenexperiment

The first known use of gedankenexperiment was in 1941

See more words from the same year

Comments on gedankenexperiment

What made you want to look up gedankenexperiment? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to mark by some ceremony or observation

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!