- a test, trial, or tentative procedure; an act or operation for the purpose of discovering something unknown or of testing a principle, supposition, etc.: a chemical experiment; a teaching experiment; an experiment in living.
- the conducting of such operations; experimentation: a product that is the result of long experiment.
- Obsolete. experience.
- to try or test, especially in order to discover or prove something: to experiment with a new procedure.
Origin of experiment
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Examples from the Web for experiment
This video, courtesy of BuzzFeed, tries a bit of an experiment to get some answers.The Bottled Water Taste Test
The Daily Beast Video
December 1, 2014
In the fall of 1992, Booker became a vegetarian “as an experiment,” he said, “and I was surprised by how much my body took to it.”Talking Tofurky With Newly Vegan Cory Booker
November 26, 2014
Japanese whisky is not regulated in Japan or in the U.S., so producers have the freedom to experiment with flavors and techniques.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise
November 16, 2014
Their experiment is known as the Holometer, located at Fermilab in Illinois.Is the Cosmos Just a Big Hologram?
Matthew R. Francis
August 31, 2014
At the end of our experiment, my friend and I both felt a little more in touch with our world and ourselves.Aubrey Plaza’s Great Disconnect
August 15, 2014
Anyone else can demonstrate it who chooses to make the experiment.The Conquest of Fear
Poor Dirk, you will remember, if he had thought of it, had no comb with which to experiment.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
We regard every child in our school as a subject for experiment.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
He himself said I was the best subject he could find for the experiment.The Bacillus of Beauty
When they reached Malakand, the experiment was at once made.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- a test or investigation, esp one planned to provide evidence for or against a hypothesis: a scientific experiment
- the act of conducting such an investigation or test; experimentation; research
- an attempt at something new or different; an effort to be originala poetic experiment
- an obsolete word for experience
- (intr) to make an experiment or experiments
Word Origin and History for experiment
mid-14c., from Old French esperment "practical knowledge, cunning, enchantment; trial, proof, example, lesson," from Latin experimentum "a trial, test, proof, experiment," noun of action from experiri "to test, try" (see experience).
late 15c., from experiment (n.). Related: Experimented; experimenting.
- A test under controlled conditions that is made to demonstrate a known truth, to examine the validity of a hypothesis, or to determine the efficacy of something previously untried.
- The process of conducting such a test; experimentation.
- An innovative act or procedure.
- The result of experimentation.
- To conduct an experiment.
- To try something new, especially in order to gain experience.
- A test or procedure carried out under controlled conditions to determine the validity of a hypothesis or make a discovery. See Note at hypothesis.