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[ek-spluh-rey-shuh n] /ˌɛk spləˈreɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of exploring or investigating; examination.
the investigation of unknown regions.
Origin of exploration
1535-45; < Latin explōrātiōn- (stem of explōrātiō) an examination, equivalent to explōrāt(us) searched out, examined (past participle of explōrāre to explore) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
reexploration, noun Unabridged
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  • When the lights of Malton glimmer in the valley this day of exploration is at an end, and much of the Wold country has been seen.

  • They returned to the oasis satisfied with their exploration.

    The Eyes of the Woods Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He rode through the coulee without seeing a single cow and an exploration lasting over an hour resulted no better.

    Hopalong Cassidy Clarence E. Mulford
  • And with it must be going a thousand wild schemes by trading adventurers for exploration!

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • Soon after this exploration it was settled that here Saint Francis should have his mission.

    History of California Helen Elliott Bandini
British Dictionary definitions for exploration


the act or process of exploring
(med) examination of an organ or part for diagnostic purposes
an organized trip into unfamiliar regions, esp for scientific purposes; expedition
Derived Forms
exploratory (ɪkˈsplɒrətərɪ; -trɪ), explorative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for exploration

1540s, from Middle French exploration and directly from Latin explorationem (nominative exploratio), noun of action from past participle stem of explorare (see explore).

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exploration in Medicine

exploration ex·plo·ra·tion (ěk'splə-rā'shən)
An active examination, usually involving endoscopy or a surgical procedure, to determine conditions present as an aid in diagnosis.

ex·plor'a·to'ry (ĭk-splôr'ə-tôr'ē) adj.
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