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[ik-sper-uh-men-tey-shuh n, -muh n-] /ɪkˌspɛr ə mɛnˈteɪ ʃən, -mən-/
the act, process, practice, or an instance of making experiments.
Origin of experimentation
1665-75; experiment + -ation
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[ik-sper-uh-men-tuh-tiv] /ɪkˌspɛr əˈmɛn tə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
proexperimentation, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for experimentation
  • This, in turn, requires a bit of trial and error experimentation.
  • Extensive experimentation in my test kitchen over the weekend confirmed that the nitrogen carbonation has something to do with it.
  • It was, in part, a period of imitation and experimentation.
  • But in the meantime experimentation and exploration and excavation must be kept up.
  • The book has become a foundation for experimentation rather than a working guide.
  • Making them lighter required years of experimentation and a significant investment in technology, and it drove up the price.
  • The happy result of all this experimentation was to bring the audience deeper into the opera.
  • He popularized double-sided shawls, and encouraged constant experimentation with techniques.
  • After the end of the last ice age, what had been experimentation flowered into the birth of true agriculture.
  • Practice and experimentation are the keys to doing anything well.
British Dictionary definitions for experimentation


the act, process, or practice of experimenting
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Word Origin and History for experimentation

1670s; see experiment + -ation.

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