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exploration

[ek-spluh-rey-shuh n] /ˌɛk spləˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of exploring or investigating; examination.
2.
the investigation of unknown regions.
Origin of exploration
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin explōrātiōn- (stem of explōrātiō) an examination, equivalent to explōrāt(us) searched out, examined (past participle of explōrāre to explore) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
reexploration, noun
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  • When the lights of Malton glimmer in the valley this day of exploration is at an end, and much of the Wold country has been seen.

  • In close connexion with the Survey and Lands Department is the topic of exploration.

  • He rode through the coulee without seeing a single cow and an exploration lasting over an hour resulted no better.

    Hopalong Cassidy Clarence E. Mulford
  • Authority in matters religious is being superseded by exploration.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • Soon after this exploration it was settled that here Saint Francis should have his mission.

    History of California Helen Elliott Bandini
British Dictionary definitions for exploration

exploration

/ˌɛkspləˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of exploring
2.
(med) examination of an organ or part for diagnostic purposes
3.
an organized trip into unfamiliar regions, esp for scientific purposes; expedition
Derived Forms
exploratory (ɪkˈsplɒrətərɪ; -trɪ), explorative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for exploration
n.

1540s, from Middle French exploration and directly from Latin explorationem (nominative exploratio), noun of action from past participle stem of explorare (see explore).

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exploration in Medicine

exploration ex·plo·ra·tion (ěk'splə-rā'shən)
n.
An active examination, usually involving endoscopy or a surgical procedure, to determine conditions present as an aid in diagnosis.


ex·plor'a·to'ry (ĭk-splôr'ə-tôr'ē) adj.
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