What does Experimental mean?

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ɪkˌspɛr əˈmɛn tlex·per·i·men·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. experimentaladjective

    relating to or based on experiment

    "experimental physics"

  2. experimental, data-based, observationaladjective

    relying on observation or experiment

    "experimental results that supported the hypothesis"

  3. experimentaladjective

    of the nature of or undergoing an experiment

    "an experimental drug"


  1. experimentaladjective

    of or pertaining to an experiment

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Experimentaladjective

    Etymology: from experiment.

    Call me a fool;
    Trust not my reading, nor my observations,
    Which with experimental seal do warrant
    The tenor of my book. William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing.

    The experimental testimony of Gillius is most considerable of any, who beheld the course thereof. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Err.

    We have no other evidence of universal impenetrability, besides a large experience, without an experimental exception. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    These are so far from being subservient to atheists in their audacious attempts, that they rather afford an experimental confirmation of the universal deluge. Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. experimental

    An experiment is a procedure carried out to support or refute a hypothesis, or determine the efficacy or likelihood of something previously untried. Experiments provide insight into cause-and-effect by demonstrating what outcome occurs when a particular factor is manipulated. Experiments vary greatly in goal and scale but always rely on repeatable procedure and logical analysis of the results. There also exist natural experimental studies. A child may carry out basic experiments to understand how things fall to the ground, while teams of scientists may take years of systematic investigation to advance their understanding of a phenomenon. Experiments and other types of hands-on activities are very important to student learning in the science classroom. Experiments can raise test scores and help a student become more engaged and interested in the material they are learning, especially when used over time. Experiments can vary from personal and informal natural comparisons (e.g. tasting a range of chocolates to find a favorite), to highly controlled (e.g. tests requiring complex apparatus overseen by many scientists that hope to discover information about subatomic particles). Uses of experiments vary considerably between the natural and human sciences. Experiments typically include controls, which are designed to minimize the effects of variables other than the single independent variable. This increases the reliability of the results, often through a comparison between control measurements and the other measurements. Scientific controls are a part of the scientific method. Ideally, all variables in an experiment are controlled (accounted for by the control measurements) and none are uncontrolled. In such an experiment, if all controls work as expected, it is possible to conclude that the experiment works as intended, and that results are due to the effect of the tested variables.


  1. experimental

    Experimental refers to something that is innovative, inventive or untested, involving a new idea, method, or activity. It is typically associated with actions performed to prove or disprove a hypothesis or theory. In scientific context, experimental refers to the process of conducting tests under controlled conditions in order to discover an unknown effect or law, to test or establish a hypothesis, or to illustrate a known law. It's a systematic and logical approach aimed at generating empirical evidence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Experimentaladjective

    pertaining to experiment; founded on, or derived from, experiment or trial; as, experimental science; given to, or skilled in, experiment; as, an experimental philosopher

  2. Experimentaladjective

    known by, or derived from, experience; as, experimental religion

  3. Etymology: [Cf.F. exprimental.]

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Experimental' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3894

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Experimental' in Adjectives Frequency: #529

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Experimental in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Experimental in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Experimental in a Sentence

  1. Brendan Schulman:

    I view it as a setback for the industry, it signals that the FAA is requiring an experimental airworthiness certificate just to design and test drones. That, in my view, is not a viable path for innovation in this field.

  2. Gerald Miller:

    Its great, because it means were still making progress, eventually, somethings going to be in the textbook and the ball game is over. ... The fact that theres two competing ideas means that its exciting and vibrant. And now finally we have the experimental tools to resolve these issues.

  3. David Hume:

    If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, "Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number?" No. "Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence?" No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.

  4. Tom Frey:

    They help get doctors, mental health, providing info on new treatments and experimental treatments.

  5. Sarah Palin:

    We saw that when those of us stood up and spoke up and said things like, ‘No, I’m not going to get that experimental immunization.

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