Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A room or building equipped for scientific experimentation or research.
  • n. An academic period devoted to work or study in such a place.
  • n. A place where drugs and chemicals are manufactured.
  • n. A place for practice, observation, or testing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a room, building or institution equipped for scientific research, experimentation or analysis
  • n. a place where chemicals, drugs or microbes are prepared or manufactured

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The workroom of a chemist; also, a place devoted to experiments in any branch of natural science. Hence, by extension, a place where something is prepared, or some operation is performed.
  • n. Any place, activity or situation suggestive of a scientific laboratory{1}, especially in being conducive to learning new facts by experimentation or by systematic observation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A room, building, or workshop especially fitted with suitable apparatus for conducting investigations in any department of science or art, or for elaborating or manufacturing chemical, medicinal, or any similar products: as, a chemical or pharmaceutical laboratory; hence, also, figuratively, any place where or in which similar processes are carried on by natural forces.
  • n. Milit., an establishment for the manufacture of rockets, port-fires, fuses, percussion-caps, quick-and slow-matches, friction-primers, electric primers, etc., designed for military operations.
  • n. The space between the fire and the flue-bridges of a reverberatory furnace in which the work is performed.

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

  • n. a region resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation and practice and experimentation
  • n. a workplace for the conduct of scientific research

Etymologies

Medieval Latin labōrātōrium, from Latin labōrāre, to labor, from labor, labor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin laboratorium (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • An extension of his interest from here into the general problems of biology was unavoidable, and thus his laboratory is at present peopled by emigrants from all areas of science on both sides of chemistry - physics on the one hand and biology on the other.

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  • One particular reason for our building such a laboratory is the attraction of a high-level energy source which may trigger off useful chemical reactions without the use of very high temperatures and pressures.

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  • Rajput Singh was a nut ball Everybody knew he was a nut ball Since he was twelve years old he'd buried himself in what he called his laboratory, a fetid little room crammed with bits and pieces of salvaged electronics, odd chemicals, crumbling written histories of the experiments of ancient alchemists, classical New Age crystal gazers, feet away. and the madder dreams of modern wire headers overdosed on pleasure into a double fist to the point where their brains turned to cottage cheese. of the other man's At thirty-five he was a daze-eyed little rat of a man with a perpetu ed.

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  • Studies in laboratory animals have found that testosterone deficiency accelerates plaque build-up on artery walls, which can restrict blood flow.

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  • A discovery in a German laboratory is being demonstrated in San Francisco within twenty-four hours.

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  • OLED technology uses less energy than incandescent bulbs and, in laboratory use, is nearly as efficient as fluorescent.

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  • Some dyes have shown carcinogenicity in laboratory animals, and dyes may be contaminated with several cancer-causing chemicals.

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  • It was therefore important for me to gain laboratory experience to clarify these doubts about my future.

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