- 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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These harps, at the pleasure of the experimentor, vibrated as if they were made to resound by invisible hands.
- 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 experimentor
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.