Experience

Definition of Experience

Ex`pe´ri`ence   Pronunciation: ĕks`pē´rĭ`enst
n.1.Trial, as a test or experiment.
She caused him to make experience
Upon wild beasts.
- Spenser.
2.The effect upon the judgment or feelings produced by any event, whether witnessed or participated in; personal and direct impressions as contrasted with description or fancies; personal acquaintance; actual enjoyment or suffering.
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience.
- P. Henry
To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
- Coleridge.
When the consuls . . . came in . . . they knew soon by experience how slenderly guarded against danger the majesty of rulers is where force is wanting.
- Holland.
Those that undertook the religion of our Savior upon his preaching, had no experience of it.
- Sharp.
3.An act of knowledge, one or more, by which single facts or general truths are ascertained; experimental or inductive knowledge; hence, implying skill, facility, or practical wisdom gained by personal knowledge, feeling or action; as, a king without experience of war.
Whence hath the mind all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer in one word, from experience.
- Locke.
Experience may be acquired in two ways; either, first by noticing facts without any attempt to influence the frequency of their occurrence or to vary the circumstances under which they occur; this is observation; or, secondly, by putting in action causes or agents over which we have control, and purposely varying their combinations, and noticing what effects take place; this is experiment.
- Sir J. Herschel.
v. t.1.To make practical acquaintance with; to try personally; to prove by use or trial; to have trial of; to have the lot or fortune of; to have befall one; to be affected by; to feel; as, to experience pain or pleasure; to experience poverty; to experience a change of views.
[imp. & p. p. Experienced (ĕks*pē"rĭ*enst); p. pr. & vb. n. Experiencing (ĕks*pē"rĭ*en*sĭng).]
The partial failure and disappointment which he had experienced in India.
- Thirwall.
2.To exercise; to train by practice.
The youthful sailors thus with early care
Their arms experience, and for sea prepare.
- Harte.
To experience religion
(Theol.) to become a convert to the doctrines of Christianity; to yield to the power of religious truth.

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