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ˌɛk spləˈreɪ ʃənex·plo·ration

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exploration, geographic expeditionnoun

    to travel for the purpose of discovery

  2. explorationnoun

    a careful systematic search

  3. explorationnoun

    a systematic consideration

    "he called for a careful exploration of the consequences"


  1. explorationnoun

    The act of exploring

  2. explorationnoun

    Notably penetrating, or ranging over for purposes of (especially geographical) discovery

    The exploration of 'unknown' areas often was the precursor to colonization.

  3. explorationnoun

    A physical examination.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Explorationnoun

    Search; examination.

    Etymology: from explorate.

    For exact exploration they should be suspended where the air is quiet, that, clear of impediments, they may the more freely convert upon their natural verticity. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Use may be made of the like way of exploration in that enquiry which puzzles so many modern naturalists. Boyle.


  1. Exploration

    kaka Exploration is the process of exploring, an activity which has some expectation of discovery. Organised exploration is largely a human activity, but exploratory activity is common to most organisms capable of directed locomotion and the ability to learn, and has been described in, amongst others, social insects foraging behaviour, where feedback from returning individuals affects the activity of other members of the group. To examine or investigate something systematically. To examine diagnostically. To (seek) experience first hand. To wander without any particular aim or purpose.In all these definitions there is an implication of novelty, or unfamiliarity or the expectation of discovery in the exploration, whereas a survey implies directed examination, but not necessarily discovery of any previously unknown or unexpected information. The activities are not mutually exclusive, and often occur simultaneously to a variable extent. The same field of investigation or region may be explored at different times by different explorers with different motivations, who may make similar or different discoveries. Intrinsic exploration involves activity that is not directed towards a specific goal other than the activity itself.Extrinsic exploration has the same meaning as appetitive behavior. It is directed towards a specific goal.


  1. exploration

    Exploration refers to the act or process of seeking knowledge, understanding, or new experiences in unfamiliar or uncharted territories, whether it be physical locations, scientific fields, conceptual ideas, or personal growth. It involves venturing into the unknown, pushing boundaries, and conducting research or investigation to discover, map, and learn about previously undiscovered or less-known aspects. Exploration is often motivated by curiosity, a desire for discovery, and the pursuit of advancement in various spheres.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Explorationnoun

    the act of exploring, penetrating, or ranging over for purposes of discovery, especially of geographical discovery; examination; as, the exploration of unknown countries

  2. Explorationnoun

    physical examination

  3. Etymology: [L. exploratio: cf. F. exploration.]


  1. Exploration

    Exploration is the act of searching or traveling around a terrain for the purpose of discovery of resources or information; Exploration occurs in all non-sessile animal species, including humans. In human history, its peak is arguably seen during the Age of Discovery for Europe's contact with the rest of the world, and major explorations after the Age of Discovery for scientific exploration in the modern era.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'exploration' in Nouns Frequency: #2127

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exploration in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exploration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of exploration in a Sentence

  1. Marcio Astrini:

    Most Indian reservations in Brazil are in very valuable areas for agriculture and this is really what this bill is about: allowing a small group of people with agriculture and exploration interests to lay their hands on Indian land.

  2. Chief Executive Emilio Lozoya:

    There are ... some exploration projects in deep waters, those that carry higher risks, well if we haven't started them then they will be delayed.

  3. Angel Abbud-Madrid:

    Lunar resource exploration should be based on the same methods that have guided humans on their centuries-old exploration of terrestrial resources.

  4. Mines Minister Tomas Gonzalez:

    We have seen the potential of the Colombian Caribbean for the future of hydrocarbons, that is why we are making investment in offshore more attractive, taking measures that will allow us to incentivize exploration and production.

  5. Yuval Steinitz:

    After a delay of six years, the revised stability clause will allow not only the advancement of Leviathan's development, but also open the sea to exploration for new gas fields, and ensure Israeli gas exports to neighboring countries and Europe.

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