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[ek-spluh-rey-shuh n] /ˌɛk spləˈreɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of exploring or investigating; examination.
the investigation of unknown regions.
Origin of exploration
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exploration
  • Abdominal exploration is surgery to examine the contents of the abdomen.
  • Libraries are central to learning, building communities, and promoting research and intellectual exploration.
  • It used its profits from those businesses to fund new ventures in exploration and production.
  • Then, in its climatic chapter, the story reveals exclusive footage of this remarkable undersea exploration.
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  • The future of space exploration is for robots and people.
  • It did not represent a firm commitment by society to open-ended space exploration.
  • The job market seems to demand increasing specialization, leaving less time for intellectual exploration.
  • Over the past few years, though, manned space exploration has come back onto the agenda.
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British Dictionary definitions for exploration


the act or process of exploring
(med) examination of an organ or part for diagnostic purposes
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

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)
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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