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Definitions of experiment

  1. try something new, as in order to gain experience; " Students experiment sexually"; " The composer experimented with a new style"
  2. a venture at something new or different; " as an experiment he decided to grow a beard"
  3. the testing of an idea; " it was an experiment in living"; " not all experimentation is done in laboratories"
  4. to conduct a test or investigation; " We are experimenting with the new drug in order to fight this disease"
  5. Atrial or special observation, made to confirm or disprove something doubtful; esp., one under conditions determined by the experimenter; an act or operation undertaken in order to discover some unknown principle or effect, or to test, establish, or illustrate some suggest or known truth; practical test; poof.
  6. Experience.
  7. To make experiment; to operate by test or trial; -- often with on, upon, or in, referring to the subject of an experiment; with, referring to the instrument; and by, referring to the means; as, to experiment upon electricity; he experimented in plowing with ponies, or by steam power.
  8. To try; to know, perceive, or prove, by trial experience.
  9. A trial or operation to discover something previously unknown; a test.
  10. To make trials or tests.
  11. A trial: something done to prove some theory, or to discover something unknown.
  12. To make an experiment or trial: to search by trial.
  13. To make an experiment.
  14. Trial; essay; attempt.
  15. To make experiments; make a test or trial.
  16. An action designed as a test; a trial; essay; attempt.
  17. An act or operation designed to discover some unknown truth, principle, or effect, or to establish it when discovered, specifically by varying at our will the combination of things and circumstances and then observing the result.
  18. To put to the proof; to experience.
  19. A trial or operation for the purpose of discovering something unknown; a trial to confirm or disprove something doubtful.
  20. To search by trial.
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Usage examples for experiment

  1. This is the experiment of the present day. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  2. Curious to know how he liked the experiment, after a week's practice, I called his attention to the subject, by a pretty direct inquiry. – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
  3. There was another experiment yet to be tried. – Irish Nationality by Alice Stopford Green
  4. Her experiment had failed. – Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale by Ida Glenwood
  5. So, as a desperate experiment, he was at last allowed to go into the dressing- room, where she was lying on the sofa. – The Clever Woman of the Family by Charlotte M. Yonge
  6. " Well, why don't you experiment with her? – Victor Ollnee's Discipline by Hamlin Garland
  7. Already one most remarkable experiment had been tried on this strange empire. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 5 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  8. I decided to experiment with the truth. – Life Blood by Thomas Hoover
  9. She's just been trying an experiment. – The Red Derelict by Bertram Mitford
  10. But the experiment was not a success. – Ted and the Telephone by Sara Ware Bassett
  11. Balzac's loss by his experiment was about twenty thousand francs. – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  12. And don't speak a word to me during the experiment. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  13. I need your help, mostly because you were such an excellent subject in my greatest successful experiment. – The Mind Master by Arthur J. Burks
  14. Her heart beat a little at the experiment she was making. – The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 2 (of 10) by Edith Wharton
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