Experiment

Definition of Experiment

Ex`per´i`ment   Pronunciation: ĕks`pĕr´ĭ`ment
n.1.A trial or special observation, made to confirm or disprove something uncertain; esp., one under controlled 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 hypothesis, theory, or known truth; practical test; proof.
A political experiment can not be made in a laboratory, nor determined in a few hours.
- J. Adams.
2.Experience.
Adam, by sad experiment I know
How little weight my words with thee can find.
- Milton.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Experimented; p. pr. & vb. n. Experinenting.]
1.To try; to know, perceive, or prove, by trial or experience.

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