Definitions for laboratoryˈlæb rəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈlæb ər ə-; Brit. ləˈbɒr ə tə ri, -ə tri
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
lab•o•ra•to•ryˈlæb rəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈlæb ər ə-; Brit. ləˈbɒr ə tə ri, -ə tri(n.; adj.)(pl.)-ries
(n.)a place equipped to conduct scientific experiments or tests or to manufacture chemicals, medicines, or the like.
any place, situation, set of conditions, or the like, conducive to experimentation, investigation, and observation.
(adj.)relating to techniques of work in a laboratory:
laboratory methods; laboratory research.
Origin of laboratory:
1595–1605; < ML labōrātōrium workshop = L labōrā(re) to work, der. of labor labor+-tōrium -tory2
lab, laboratory, research lab, research laboratory, science lab, science laboratory(noun)
a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
testing ground, laboratory(noun)
a region resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation and practice and experimentation
"the new nation is a testing ground for socioeconomic theories"; "Pakistan is a laboratory for studying the use of American troops to combat terrorism"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
laboratory(noun)ˈlæb rəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈlæb ər ə-; Brit. ləˈbɒr ə tə ri, -ə tri
a place used for scientific experiments
laboratory tests; a medical laboratory
a room, building or institution equipped for scientific research, experimentation or analysis
a place where chemicals, drugs or microbes are prepared or manufactured
Origin: From laboratorium
the workroom of a chemist; also, a place devoted to experiments in any branch of natural science; as, a chemical, physical, or biological laboratory. Hence, by extension, a place where something is prepared, or some operation is performed; as, the liver is the laboratory of the bile
A laboratory is a facility that provides controlled conditions in which scientific research, experiments, and measurement may be performed. Labs used for scientific research take many forms because of the differing requirements of specialists in the various fields of science. A physics lab might contain a particle accelerator or vacuum chamber, while a metallurgy lab could have apparatus for casting or refining metals or for testing their strength. A chemist or biologist might use a wet laboratory, while a psychologist's lab might be a room with one-way mirrors and hidden cameras in which to observe behavior. In some laboratories, such as those commonly used by computer scientists, computers are used for either simulations or the analysis of data collected elsewhere. Scientists in other fields will use still other types of laboratories. Despite the great differences among laboratories, some features are common. The use of workbenches or countertops at which the scientist may choose to either sit or stand is a common way to ensure comfortable working conditions for the cabinets for the storage of laboratory equipment is quite common. It is traditional for a scientist to record an experiment's progress in a laboratory notebook, but modern labs almost always contain at least one computer workstation for data collection and analysis.
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Translations for laboratory
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(abbreviated to lab
Samples of her blood were sent to the hospital lab(oratory) for testing.
- laboratórioPortuguese (BR)
- das LaboratoriumGerman
- 연구소, 실험실Korean
- laboratorium, pracowniaPolish
- لابراتوار،د ساينسې آزمايښتونو ځاۍPashto
- 實驗室Chinese (Trad.)
- تجربہ گاہUrdu
- phòng thí nghiệmVietnamese
- 实验室Chinese (Simp.)
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