Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or based on experiment.
  • adjective Given to experimenting.
  • adjective Of the nature of an experiment; constituting or undergoing a test.
  • adjective Founded on experience; empirical.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Pertaining to, derived from, founded on, or known by experiment; given to or skilled in experiment: as, experimental knowledge or philosophy; an experimental philosopher.
  • noun Taught by experience; having personal experience; known by or derived from experience; experienced.
  • Of the nature of an experiment; characterized by experimentation; tentative: as, the experimental stage in the production of an invention, when it is being tested or examined to discover its uses and its behavior under commercial conditions or usage; an experimental scale, a limited or small scale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to experiment; founded on, or derived from, experiment or trial; ; given to, or skilled in, experiment.
  • adjective Known by, or derived from, experience.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to or founded on experiment.
  • adjective Serving as an experiment; serving to experiment.
  • adjective Experiential, empirical.
  • noun That which is experimental.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of the nature of or undergoing an experiment
  • adjective relying on observation or experiment
  • adjective relating to or based on experiment

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Examples

  • No experimental proof has hitherto been obtained that stimulation of the cerebral organs lying above the vaso-motor centre, and which include those possessing the function of thought, ever paralyzes this centre; but, as it is only by such paralysis that cerebral conditions can induce dilatation of blood-vessels, it must follow that no _experimental proof_ at present exists that stimulation of the brain ever does cause such dilatation -- that is, ever does become a cause of hæmorrhage.

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  • One of the things that I have always used in such circumstances is what I call my experimental circle.

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  • To cut down on fuel use, the Navy created what they termed an experimental forward operating base, or ExFOB, in Virginia.

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  • Pyysiainen and a co-author, evolutionary psychologist Marc Hauser of Harvard University, reviewed the two competing theories using the principles of what they call experimental moral psychology.

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  • Taking place on a cylindrical space station orbiting the Earth, Vanquish puts you in experimental body armour that lets you jet around the environment at high speed and upgrade the various weapons you pick up.

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  • Her list of accomplishments is daunting — Ph.D. in experimental physics, mentor to a generation of engineers and women in science, Companion of the Order of Canada, author, peace activist, Quaker.

    Ursula Franklin

  • Milestones in experimental work on the atom by the likes of Ernest

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  • Her list of accomplishments is daunting — Ph.D. in experimental physics, mentor to a generation of engineers and women in science, Companion of the Order of Canada, author, peace activist, Quaker.

    Ursula Franklin

  • Indeed, in experimental tests with rats, Kuhn's crystallized flavins proved to be the most active preparation of vitamin B2 yet discovered.

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  • This binding affinity was later exploited widely in experimental biochemistry.

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