Definitions for: Experiment

[n] the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation
[n] a venture at something new or different; "as an experiment he decided to grow a beard"
[n] the testing of an idea; "it was an experiment in living"; "not all experimentation is done in laboratories"
[v] to conduct a test or investigation; "We are experimenting with the new drug in order to fight this disease"
[v] try something new, as in order to gain experience; "Students experiment sexually"; "The composer experimented with a new style"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ex*per"i*ment, n. [L. experimentum, fr. experiri to
try: cf. OF. esperiment, experiment. See Experience.]
1. 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.

A political experiment can not be made in a
laboratory, not determinant in a few hours. --J.

2. Experience. [Obs.]

Adam, by sad experiment I know How little weight my
words with thee can find. --Milton.

Ex*per"i*ment, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Experimented;
p. pr. & vb. n. Experinenting.]
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.

Ex*per"i*ment, v. t.
To try; to know, perceive, or prove, by trial experience.
[Obs.] --Sir T. Herbert.

Synonyms: experimentation, experimentation

See Also: condition, control, control condition, control experiment, enquiry, experimental condition, inquiry, investigate, look into, Michelson-Morey experiment, pilot experiment, research, research project, scientific research, test, testing, trial, trial and error, trial run, tryout, venture

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