from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A test under controlled conditions that is made to demonstrate a known truth, examine the validity of a hypothesis, or determine the efficacy of something previously untried.
- n. The process of conducting such a test; experimentation.
- n. An innovative act or procedure: "Democracy is only an experiment in government” ( William Ralph Inge).
- n. The result of experimentation: "We are not [nature's] only experiment” ( R. Buckminster Fuller).
- intransitive v. To conduct an experiment.
- intransitive v. To try something new, especially in order to gain experience: experiment with new methods of teaching.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A test under controlled conditions made to either demonstrate a known truth, examine the validity of a hypothesis, or determine the efficacy of something previously untried.
- n. Experience, practical familiarity with something.
- v. To conduct an experiment.
- v. To experience; to feel; to perceive; to detect.
- v. To test or ascertain by experiment; to try out; to make an experiment on.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A trial or special observation, made to confirm or disprove something uncertain; esp., one under controlled 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 hypothesis, theory, or known truth; practical test; proof.
- n. Experience.
- transitive v. 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
- transitive v. To try; to know, perceive, or prove, by trial or experience.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A trial; a test; specifically, the operation of subjecting objects to certain conditions and observing the result, in order to test some principle or supposition, or to discover something new.
- n. A becoming practically acquainted with something; an experience.
- To make trial; make an experiment; operate on a body in such a manner as to discover some unknown fact, or to establish it when known: as, philosophers experiment on natural bodies for the discovery of their qualities and combinations.
- To try; search out by trial; put to the proof.
- To know or perceive by experience; experience.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a venture at something new or different
- v. try something new, as in order to gain experience
- n. the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation
- v. to conduct a test or investigation
- n. the testing of an idea
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin experīmentum, from experīrī, to try; see per-3 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French experiment (French: expérience), from Latin experimentum. (Wiktionary)