What does laboratory mean?

Definitions for laboratory
ˈlæb rəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈlæb ər ə-; Brit. ləˈbɒr ə tə ri, -ə trilab·o·ra·to·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lab, laboratory, research lab, research laboratory, science lab, science laboratorynoun

    a workplace for the conduct of scientific research

  2. testing ground, laboratorynoun

    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"

GCIDE

  1. Laboratorynoun

    Hence: Any place, activity or situation suggestive of a scientific laboratory, especially in being conducive to learning new facts by experimentation or by systematic observation; as, the states serve as laboratories where different new policies may be tested prior to adoption throughout the country.

Wiktionary

  1. laboratorynoun

    a room, building or institution equipped for scientific research, experimentation or analysis

  2. laboratorynoun

    a place where chemicals, drugs or microbes are prepared or manufactured

  3. Etymology: From laboratorium

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Laboratorynoun

    A chemist’s workroom.

    Etymology: laboratoire, French.

    It would contribute to the history of colours, if chemists would in their laboratory take a heedful notice, and give us a faithful account, of the colours observed in the steam of bodies, either sublimed or distilled. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

    The flames of love will perform those miracles they of the furnace boast of, would they employ themselves in this laboratory. Decay of Piety.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Laboratorynoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [Shortened fr. elaboratory; cf. OF. elaboratoire, F. laboratoire. See Elaborate, Labor.]

Freebase

  1. Laboratory

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Laboratory

    lab′or-a-tor-i, n. a chemist's workroom: a place where scientific experiments are systematically carried on: a place for the manufacture of arms and war material: a place where anything is prepared for use. [L. laborārelabor, work.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. laboratory

    A department which is intrusted with the manufacture of combustible and other substances for military purposes, such as blank and ball cartridges for small-arms, cartridges for every description of ordnance, rockets, and all stores of similar character. This department is likewise intrusted with the conservation, packing, restoring, and supply of all gunpowder to the several military and naval departments, and in the British service is under the management of officers of the royal artillery especially appointed to that duty; in the U. S. service it is under the officers of the ordnance department. In the latter service officers of artillery, as well as non-commissioned officers and privates, are instructed at the artillery school, Fort Monroe, Va., in laboratory duties, and carefully taught the manipulation and manufacture of laboratory stores. At the West Point Military Academy, the cadets are thoroughly instructed in the above duties, as are also the naval cadets at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. In the British service officers of artillery, as well as non-commissioned officers and gunners, are instructed in laboratory duties. Officers and non-commissioned officers of artillery in Germany, France, and Austria are required to possess a knowledge of the manufacture and care of laboratory stores.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'laboratory' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3518

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    Rank popularity for the word 'laboratory' in Nouns Frequency: #1175

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of laboratory in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of laboratory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of laboratory in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    Look we're there for one reason, we don't want that to be a laboratory... It can't be a laboratory for terror. And we've stopped that we have a very, very good view.

  2. Peter Hotez:

    If there is immune enhancement in laboratory animals vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine, that's a showstopper.

  3. Charles Chiu:

    Now that we know this variant is on the rise in our local communities, we are prioritizing it for study, researchers at UCSF and elsewhere will now be able to perform the critical laboratory experiments to determine whether or not this virus is more infectious or affects vaccine performance.

  4. Marie Curie:

    I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.

  5. Professor Wolf:

    We did it on a laboratory scale, we can already create clouds, but not on a macroscopic scale, so you don't see a big cloud coming out because the laser is not powerful enough and because of a lot of technical parameters that we can't yet control.

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