Definition of laboratory
1a : a place equipped for experimental study in a science or for testing and analysis a research laboratory; broadly : a place providing opportunity for experimentation, observation, or practice in a field of studyb : a place like a laboratory for testing, experimentation, or practice That area is a laboratory for cultivating the germ of terrorism.
2 : an academic period set aside for laboratory work a course of study requiring two lectures and one laboratory per week
Examples of laboratory in a Sentence
experiments conducted in a modern laboratory
Recent Examples of laboratory from the Web
Federally protected as a National Monument since 1908, this primeval forest is both refuge and laboratory, revealing our relationship with the living landscape.
But the space station has also become a laboratory for testing space technology and studying the behavior of materials and processes like combustion when gravity is removed.
Students in grades 1-5 will experience laboratories and experiments while expanding their love for science.
Last year, the volume of patient samples sent for Zika testing overwhelmed laboratories in some affected areas, noted Kelly Wroblewski, director of infectious disease at the Association of Public Health Laboratories.
A recent fire has put a national laboratory’s ability to operate safely into question.
People interface with health care not through their insurance companies but through physicians at offices, hospitals, clinics and laboratories.
In a 2012 study, researchers simulated an application process for a laboratory manager job, randomly assigning applicants either a male or female name.
While working at a pathology laboratory in Reno, Cornwell tried out for the Reno Bighorns (NBA Development League) dance team at the suggestion of a friend; Cornwell wanted something to do in her free time.
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Origin and Etymology of laboratory
Medieval Latin laboratorium, from Latin laborare to labor, from labor
First Known Use: 1592See Words from the same year
LABORATORY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of laboratory for English Language Learners
: a room or building with special equipment for doing scientific experiments and tests
LABORATORY Defined for Kids
Definition of laboratory for Students
: a room or building in which scientific experiments and tests are done
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