• (British) IPA: /ɪkˈspɛɹ.ɪ.mənt/
  • (America) IPA: /ɪkˈspɛɹ.ə.mənt/

experiment (plural experiments)

  1. 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.
    • 2019, [https://web.archive.org/web/20190311070055/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/south-korea-proposes-rain-project-with-china-to-cut-pollution/4819207.html VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      South Korean officials announced last month that an experiment to create artificial rain did not provide the desired results.
  2. (obsolete) Experience, practical familiarity with something.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.vii:
      Pilot [...] Vpon his card and compas firmes his eye, / The maisters of his long experiment, / And to them does the steddy helme apply [...].
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experiment (experiments, present participle experimenting; past and past participle experimented)

  1. (intransitive) To conduct an experiment.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To experience; to feel; to perceive; to detect.
    • 1662 Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogue 2):
      The Earth, the which may have carried us about perpetually ... without our being ever able to experiment its rest.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To test or ascertain by experiment; to try out; to make an experiment on.
    • 1481 William Caxton, The Mirrour of the World 1.5.22:
      Til they had experimented whiche was trewe, and who knewe most.

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