What does experiment mean?

Definitions for experiment
ɪkˈspɛr ə mənt; -ˌmɛntex·per·i·ment

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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"

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: From experiment (French: expérience), from experimentum.

  2. experiment(Noun)

    Experience, practical familiarity with something.

    Etymology: From experiment (French: expérience), from experimentum.

  3. experiment(Verb)

    To conduct an experiment.

    Etymology: From experiment (French: expérience), from experimentum.

  4. experiment(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From experiment (French: expérience), from experimentum.

  5. experiment(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. experimentum, fr. experiri to try: cf. OF. esperiment, experiment. See Experience.]

  2. Experiment(noun)

    experience

    Etymology: [L. experimentum, fr. experiri to try: cf. OF. esperiment, experiment. See Experience.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. experimentum, fr. experiri to try: cf. OF. esperiment, experiment. See Experience.]

  4. Experiment(verb)

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

    Etymology: [L. experimentum, fr. experiri to try: cf. OF. esperiment, experiment. See Experience.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Experiment

    eks-per′i-ment, n. a trial: something done to prove some theory, or to discover something unknown.—v.i. to make an experiment or trial: to search by trial.—adj. Experiment′al, founded or known by experiment: taught by experience: tentative.—v.i. Experiment′alise.—ns. Experiment′alist, Exper′imentist, one who makes experiments.—adv. Experiment′ally.—n. Experimentā′tion.—adj. Experiment′ative. [L. experimentum, from experīri, to try thoroughly.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of experiment in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of experiment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of experiment in a Sentence

  1. Virginia Tech:

    What our experiment is going to do is show why the Flint river water was growing more legionella. This is the only way you can do that testing becuase that water doesn't exist anymore, we had to recreate it.

  2. Frederic Joliot-Curie, quoted by M.A. Markov, "A Random Walk in Science" compiled by R. L. Weber, edited by E. Mendoza:

    The farther the experiment is from theory the closer it is to the Nobel Prize.

  3. Frederick Douglass:

    What shall be done with the four million slaves if they are emancipated? ... Primarily, it is a question less for man than for God -- less for human intellect than for the laws of nature to solve. It assumes that nature has erred; that the law of liberty is a mistake; that freedom, though a natural want of the human soul, can only be enjoyed at the expense of human welfare, and that men are better off in slavery than they would or could be in freedom; that slavery is the natural order of human relations, and that liberty is an experiment. What shall be done with them? Our answer is, do nothing with them; mind your business, and let them mind theirs. Your doing with them is their greatest misfortune. They have been undone by your doings, and all they now ask, and really have need of at your hands, is just to let them alone. They suffer by every interference, and succeed best by being let alone.

  4. Tom Wagner:

    The OMG mission deployed new technologies that allowed us to observe a natural experiment , much as we would do in a laboratory, where variations in ocean temperatures were used to control the flow of a glacier, their findings especially about how quickly the ice responds will be important to projecting sea level rise in both the near and distant future.

  5. Colin Turnbull, anthropologist, The Human Cycle:

    Civilization is very much an immature and ongoing experiment, the success of which is by no means yet proven.

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  • تجربةArabic
  • експеримент, опит, експериментирамBulgarian
  • pokus, experimentovat, experimentCzech
  • Experiment, experimentieren, VersuchGerman
  • πείραμα, πειραματίζομαιGreek
  • eksperimenti, eksperimentoEsperanto
  • experimento, experimentarSpanish
  • kokeillaFinnish
  • expérience, expérimenterFrench
  • tástáilIrish
  • ניסויHebrew
  • 実験, 実験するJapanese
  • ექსპერიმენტიGeorgian
  • periculumLatin
  • опит, експериментира, експериментMacedonian
  • uji kaji, eksperimenMalay
  • experiment, experimenteren, proefDutch
  • eksperyment, eksperymentować, doświadczenie, przeprowadzać doświadczeniePolish
  • экспериментировать, опыт, экспериментRussian
  • experiment, experimenteraSwedish
  • ప్రయోగముTelugu
  • tecrübeTurkish

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