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experiment

[n. ik-sper-uh-muh nt; v. ek-sper-uh-ment] /n. ɪkˈspɛr ə mənt; v. ɛkˈspɛr əˌmɛnt/
noun
1.
a test, trial, or tentative procedure; an act or operation for the purpose of discovering something unknown or of testing a principle, supposition, etc.:
a chemical experiment; a teaching experiment; an experiment in living.
2.
the conducting of such operations; experimentation:
a product that is the result of long experiment.
3.
Obsolete, experience.
verb (used without object)
4.
to try or test, especially in order to discover or prove something:
to experiment with a new procedure.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English: proof < Latin experīmentum. See experience, -ment
Related forms
experimenter, experimentor, experimentator, noun
preexperiment, noun
proexperiment, adjective
reexperiment, verb (used without object), noun
unexperimented, adjective
Synonyms
1. See trial. 2. research, investigation.
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Examples from the web for experiment
  • Or consider this experiment, which is a direct test of precognition.
  • The experiment was designed to test the babies' ability to anticipate where the creature would appear based on the sound cues.
  • Have them develop a hypothesis about one of their questions and design a detailed experiment to test it.
  • Traditionally, a researcher postulates an idea, devises an experiment to test it and then reports the results.
  • He dreamed of an experiment involving the still-beating hearts of frogs that would test this theory.
  • Small laboratory experiment to investigate the fundamental physics of magnetic field line reconnection.
  • As part of the experiment, I always ask my students to write about being left in the technological cold.
  • Don't experiment with other varieties without expert guidance.
  • You will have to experiment to get the right combination of paint and powder.
  • This novel game encourages children to experiment with old auto parts and other junk items to build cars.
British Dictionary definitions for experiment

experiment

noun (ɪkˈspɛrɪmənt)
1.
a test or investigation, esp one planned to provide evidence for or against a hypothesis: a scientific experiment
2.
the act of conducting such an investigation or test; experimentation; research
3.
an attempt at something new or different; an effort to be original: a poetic experiment
4.
an obsolete word for experience
verb (ɪkˈspɛrɪˌmɛnt)
5.
(intransitive) to make an experiment or experiments
Derived Forms
experimenter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin experīmentum proof, trial, from experīrī to test; see experience
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Word Origin and History for experiment
n.

mid-14c., from Old French esperment "practical knowledge, cunning, enchantment; trial, proof, example, lesson," from Latin experimentum "a trial, test, proof, experiment," noun of action from experiri "to test, try" (see experience).

v.

late 15c., from experiment (n.). Related: Experimented; experimenting.

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experiment in Medicine

experiment ex·per·i·ment (ĭk-spěr'ə-mənt)
n.

  1. A test under controlled conditions that is made to demonstrate a known truth, to examine the validity of a hypothesis, or to determine the efficacy of something previously untried.

  2. The process of conducting such a test; experimentation.

  3. An innovative act or procedure.

  4. The result of experimentation.

v. ex·per·i·ment·ed, ex·per·i·ment·ing, ex·per·i·ments (-měnt')
  1. To conduct an experiment.

  2. To try something new, especially in order to gain experience.


ex·per'i·ment'er n.
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experiment in Science
experiment
  (ĭk-spěr'ə-mənt)   
A test or procedure carried out under controlled conditions to determine the validity of a hypothesis or make a discovery. See Note at hypothesis.
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