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experiment

[ noun ik-sper-uh-muhnt; verb ek-sper-uh-ment ]
/ noun ɪkˈspɛr ə mənt; verb ɛkˈspɛr əˌmɛnt /
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noun
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.
verb (used without object)
to try or test, especially in order to discover or prove something: to experiment with a new procedure.
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Origin of experiment

1325–75; Middle English: proof <Latin experīmentum.See experience, -ment

synonym study for experiment

1. See trial.

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British Dictionary definitions for experiment

experiment

noun (ɪkˈspɛrɪmənt)
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
verb (ɪkˈspɛrɪˌmɛnt)
(intr) to make an experiment or experiments

Derived forms of experiment

experimenter, noun

Word Origin for experiment

C14: from Latin experīmentum proof, trial, from experīrī to test; see experience
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Scientific definitions for experiment

experiment
[ ĭk-spĕrə-mənt ]

A test or procedure carried out under controlled conditions to determine the validity of a hypothesis or make a discovery. See Note at hypothesis.
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