- 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 experimenting
When we first came by, the chefs were experimenting with Lucky Charms ice cream, including little pastel marshmallows.The Secret to This Ice Cream: Pampered Cows
Jane & Michael Stern
May 18, 2014
Before Ylvis, the Ylvisaker brothers were experimenting in their rooms.Ylvis, the Duo of 'The Fox,' Shares Some (Angry) Fox Sounds You Haven't Heard
October 14, 2013
I was just experimenting with transposing a melody that I knew in my head to the guitar.The Pixies Talk About Their Reunion, New Music and a Missing Band Member
September 20, 2013
Soon, Allied bomber pilots were experimenting with the drug.Nazis on Meth
May 31, 2013
I realised how entirely of its time it was, experimenting with calamity as a moral opportunity.All Novels Are Spy Novels: Ian McEwan Talks ‘Sweet Tooth’ and His Life
November 15, 2012
I have been experimenting with that type-writer, Mr. Roberts, all the week.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
You know how keen my father is about experimenting with the land?The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
It is man who constitutes the changing, the experimenting, sex.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
He has been experimenting in mathematical physics, and I have been assisting him.The Einstein See-Saw
Miles John Breuer
It was not necessary that he should see my face in order to know with whom he was experimenting.Telepathy
W. W. Baggally
- 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 experimenting
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.