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
Origin and Etymology of laboratory
Medieval Latin laboratorium, from Latin laborare to labor, from labor
First Known Use: 1592
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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