exploration

noun

ex·​plo·​ra·​tion ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exploration (audio)
-ˌsplȯ-
: the act or an instance of exploring
explorational
ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shnəl How to pronounce exploration (audio)
-shə-nᵊl
-ˌsplȯ-
adjective

Example Sentences

a topic for scholarly exploration the early exploration of the West early explorations of the West
Recent Examples on the Web This talk will show you how to manifest the spirit of exploration into your business, transforming it into your greatest adventure. Laura Groch Jan. 8, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Jan. 2023 After years of preparation, NASA finally got its latest lunar exploration program off the ground with an uncrewed test flight that carried anastronaut-worthy spacecraft around the moon. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 27 Dec. 2022 But on Sunday there could be no denying that this process has brought NASA, the United States, and dozens of other nations participating in the Artemis Program to the point where its human deep space exploration program is a very, very real thing. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2022 No timeline has been offered for a crewed lunar mission, even as NASA presses ahead with its Artemis lunar exploration program that aims to send four astronauts around the moon in 2024 and land humans there as early as 2025. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Nov. 2022 Artemis lunar-exploration program, named after Apollo’s mythological twin sister. Dallas News, 16 Nov. 2022 Artemis lunar-exploration program, named after Apollo’s mythological twin sister. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2022 Artemis lunar-exploration program, named after Apollo’s mythological twin sister. Marcia Dunn, ajc, 16 Nov. 2022 Artemis space-exploration program, which includes returning astronauts to the surface of the moon as soon as 2025. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1537, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exploration was in 1537

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“Exploration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploration. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

exploration

noun
ex·​plo·​ra·​tion ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exploration (audio)
: the act or an instance of exploring

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