- 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 experimented
He once experimented with dressing as “Hilda the Wicked Witch” as a way to expand his business to Halloween.Kerry Bentivolio: The Congressman Who Believes in Santa Claus
December 24, 2014
In turn, he told the sheriff he had experimented with gay sex in college.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
They have experimented with new products and have invested millions into aggressive marketing and promotion.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
Two Canadian provinces have experimented with using random citizen panels to set election regulations.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?
November 8, 2014
He experimented boldly without much regard for precedent or the status quo.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR
September 9, 2014
She had not experimented to an authoritative extent with the desert pickles.Her Father's Daughter
We experimented with it, after we had first noticed it, but we don't any more.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
It is claimed that Newton experimented with a steam motor in 1680.The Railroad Question
Some such exercises have already been experimented with, and others might be devised.Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
As one member after the other experimented with him he described their dress.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 experimented
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.