laboratory

[lab-ruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, lab-er-uh-; British luh-bor-uh-tuh-ree, -uh-tree]
noun, plural laboratories.
1.
a building, part of a building, or other place equipped to conduct scientific experiments, tests, investigations, etc., or to manufacture chemicals, medicines, or the like.
2.
any place, situation, set of conditions, or the like, conducive to experimentation, investigation, observation, etc.; anything suggestive of a scientific laboratory.
adjective
3.
serving a function in a laboratory.
4.
relating to techniques of work in a laboratory: laboratory methods; laboratory research.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Medieval Latin labōrātōrium workshop, equivalent to Latin labōrā(re) to labor + -tōrium -tory2

laboratorial, adjective
laboratorially, adverb
laboratorian, noun
interlaboratory, adjective
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laboratory (ləˈbɒrətərɪ, -trɪ, US ˈlæbrəˌtɔːrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  a.  a building or room equipped for conducting scientific research or for teaching practical science
 b.  (as modifier): laboratory equipment
2.  a place where chemicals or medicines are manufactured
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin labōrātōrium workshop, from Latin labōrāre to labour]

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laboratory
c.1600, "building set apart for scientific experiments," from M.L. laboratorium "a place for labor or work," from L. laboratus, pp. of laborare "to work" (see labor).
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laboratory lab·o·ra·to·ry (lāb'rə-tôr'ē)
n.

  1. A room or building equipped for scientific research.

  2. A place where drugs and chemicals are manufactured.

  3. A place for practice, observation, or testing.

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Example sentences
Yet it is in many ways the perfect laboratory for testing economic theories
  about decision-making.
Responsible for general laboratory management, management of non-personnel
  budget.
Genetically manipulated plants are moving out of the laboratory and on to the
  supermarket shelf.
Unoccupied in the winter, the center consists of seven laboratory igloos linked
  by corridors.
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