These harps, at the pleasure of the experimentor, vibrated as if they were made to resound by invisible hands.
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.
experiment ex·per·i·ment (ĭk-spěr'ə-mənt)
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.