Definitions for Experimentɪkˈspɛr ə mənt; -ˌmɛnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•per•i•mentɪkˈspɛr ə mənt; -ˌmɛnt(n.; v.)

  1. a test, trial, or tentative procedure, esp. one for the purpose of discovering something unknown or of testing a principle, supposition, etc.

  2. the conducting of such operations.

  3. (v.i.)to test esp. in order to discover or prove something:

    to experiment with a new procedure.

Origin of experiment:

1325–75; ME: proof < L experīmentum means of testing, experiment


Princeton's WordNet

  1. experiment, experimentation(noun)

    the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation

  2. experiment, experimentation(noun)

    the testing of an idea

    "it was an experiment in living"; "not all experimentation is done in laboratories"

  3. experiment(verb)

    a venture at something new or different

    "as an experiment he decided to grow a beard"

  4. experiment(verb)

    to conduct a test or investigation

    "We are experimenting with the new drug in order to fight this disease"

  5. experiment, try out(verb)

    try something new, as in order to gain experience

    "Students experiment sexually"; "The composer experimented with a new style"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. experiment(noun)ɪkˈspɛr ə mənt; v. -ˌmɛnt

    a scientific method for testing an idea

    biologists conducting experiments on lab animals

  2. experimentɪkˈspɛr ə mənt; v. -ˌmɛnt

    an attempt to find out if sth works

    an experiment in a new kind of music

  3. experiment(verb)ɪkˈspɛr ə mənt; v. -ˌmɛnt

    to find out if sth works or is good

    teens experimenting with drugs

  4. experimentɪkˈspɛr ə mənt; v. -ˌmɛnt

    to scientifically test sth

    experimenting on human subjects


  1. experiment(Noun)

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

  2. experiment(Noun)

    Experience, practical familiarity with something.

  3. experiment(Verb)

    To conduct an experiment.

  4. experiment(Verb)

    To experience; to feel; to perceive; to detect.

  5. experiment(Verb)

    To test or ascertain by experiment; to try out; to make an experiment on.

  6. Origin: From experiment (French: expérience), from experimentum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Experiment(noun)

    atrial or special observation, made to confirm or disprove something doubtful; esp., one under conditions determined by the experimenter; an act or operation undertaken in order to discover some unknown principle or effect, or to test, establish, or illustrate some suggest or known truth; practical test; poof

  2. Experiment(noun)


  3. Experiment(verb)

    to make experiment; to operate by test or trial; -- often with on, upon, or in, referring to the subject of an experiment; with, referring to the instrument; and by, referring to the means; as, to experiment upon electricity; he experimented in plowing with ponies, or by steam power

  4. Experiment(verb)

    to try; to know, perceive, or prove, by trial experience


  1. Experiment

    An experiment is an orderly procedure carried out with the goal of verifying, falsifying, or establishing the validity of a hypothesis. Experiments provide insight into cause-and-effect by demonstrating what outcome occurs when a particular factor is manipulated. Experiments vary greatly in their goal and scale, but always rely on repeatable procedure and logical analysis of the results. A child may carry out basic experiments to understand the nature of gravity, while teams of scientists may take years of systematic investigation to advance the understanding of a phenomenon. Experiments can vary from personal and informal, to highly controlled. Uses of experiments vary considerably between the natural and social sciences.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Experiment' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3556

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Experiment' in Nouns Frequency: #823

Translations for Experiment

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a test done in order to find out something, eg if an idea is correct

He performs chemical experiments; experiments in traffic control; We shall find out by experiment.

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