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a. A test under controlled conditions that is made to demonstrate a known truth, examine the validity of a hypothesis, or determine the efficacy of something previously untried.
b. The process of conducting such a test; experimentation.
2. An innovative act or procedure: "Democracy is only an experiment in government" (William Ralph Inge).
3. The result of experimentation: "We are not [nature's] only experiment" (R. Buckminster Fuller).
intr.v. (-mĕnt′) ex·per·i·ment·ed, ex·per·i·ment·ing, ex·per·i·ments
1. To conduct an experiment.
2. To try something new, especially in order to gain experience: experiment with new methods of teaching.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin experīmentum, from experīrī, to try; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·per′i·ment′er n.


1. a test or investigation, esp one planned to provide evidence for or against a hypothesis: a scientific experiment
2. the act of conducting such an investigation or test; experimentation; research
3. an attempt at something new or different; an effort to be original: a poetic experiment.
4. an obsolete word for experience
(intr) to make an experiment or experiments
[C14: from Latin experīmentum proof, trial, from experīrī to test; see experience]
exˈperiˌmenter n


(n. ɪkˈspɛr ə mənt; v. -ˌmɛnt)

1. a test, trial, or tentative procedure, esp. one for the purpose of discovering something unknown or of testing a principle, supposition, etc.
2. the conducting of such operations.
3. to test esp. in order to discover or prove something: to experiment with a new procedure.
[1325–75; Middle English: proof < Latin experīmentum means of testing, experiment]
ex•per′i•ment`er, n.
ex•per`i•men•ta′tion, n.


A test or procedure carried out under controlled conditions to determine the validity of a hypothesis or make a discovery. See Note at hypothesis.
experience, experiment, expert - Experience, experiment and expert derive from Latin experiri, "try."
See also related terms for try.


1. 'experience'

If you have experience of something, you have seen it, done it, or felt it.

Do you have any teaching experience?
I've had no experience of running a business.

An experience is something that happens to you or something that you do.

Moving house can be a stressful experience.

You say that someone has an experience.

I had a strange experience last night.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone 'makes an experience'.

2. 'experiment'

Don't use 'experience' to refer to a scientific test that is carried out in order to discover or prove something. Use experiment.

Laboratory experiments show that Vitamin D may slow cancer growth.
Try it out in an experiment.

You usually say that someone does, conducts, or carries out an experiment.

We decided to do an experiment.
Several experiments were conducted at the University of Zurich.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone 'makes an experiment'.


Past participle: experimented
Gerund: experimenting

I experiment
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he/she/it experiments
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I experimented
you experimented
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we experimented
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Present Continuous
I am experimenting
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Present Perfect
I have experimented
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Past Continuous
I was experimenting
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Past Perfect
I had experimented
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I will experiment
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
I will be experimenting
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been experimenting
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been experimenting
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.experiment - the act of conducting a controlled test or investigationexperiment - the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation
testing - the act of subjecting to experimental test in order to determine how well something works; "they agreed to end the testing of atomic weapons"
trial and error - experimenting until a solution is found
research project, scientific research - research into questions posed by scientific theories and hypotheses
Michelson-Morley experiment - a celebrated experiment conducted by Albert Michelson and Edward Morley; their failure to detect any influence of the earth's motion on the velocity of light was the starting point for Einstein's theory of relativity
control experiment - an experiment designed to control for variables affecting the results of another experiment
control condition, control - a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment; "the control condition was inappropriate for the conclusions he wished to draw"
experimental condition, condition - the procedure that is varied in order to estimate a variable's effect by comparison with a control condition
2.experiment - the testing of an idea; "it was an experiment in living"; "not all experimentation is done in laboratories"
inquiry, research, enquiry - a search for knowledge; "their pottery deserves more research than it has received"
pilot experiment - a preliminary experiment whose outcome can lead to a more extensive experiment
test, trial run, tryout, trial - trying something to find out about it; "a sample for ten days free trial"; "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
3.experiment - a venture at something new or different; "as an experiment he decided to grow a beard"
venture - any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
Verb1.experiment - to conduct a test or investigation; "We are experimenting with the new drug in order to fight this disease"
investigate, look into - investigate scientifically; "Let's investigate the syntax of Chinese"
experiment, try out - try something new, as in order to gain experience; "Students experiment sexually"; "The composer experimented with a new style"
2.experiment - try something new, as in order to gain experienceexperiment - try something new, as in order to gain experience; "Students experiment sexually"; "The composer experimented with a new style"
experiment - to conduct a test or investigation; "We are experimenting with the new drug in order to fight this disease"


1. test, trial, investigation, examination, venture, procedure, demonstration, observation, try-out, assay, trial run, scientific test, dummy run a proposed new law banning animal experiments
1. test, investigate, trial, research, try, examine, pilot, sample, verify, put to the test, assay Scientists have been experimenting with a new drug.


An operation employed to resolve an uncertainty:
To engage in experiments:
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A. N (gen) → experimento m
to perform or carry out an experimentrealizar un experimento
as an experiment; by way of experimentcomo experimento
B. VI (gen) → experimentar; (scientifically) → experimentar, hacer experimentos
he experimented on fellow studentsexperimentó or hizo experimentos con sus compañeros
youngsters who experiment with drugsjóvenes mpl que experimentan con drogas
experiment with different methods to find the best one for youexperimenta or prueba con distintos métodos para encontrar el que te va mejor


(scientific)expérience f
to perform an experiment, to conduct an experiment, to carry out an experiment → faire une expérience
(= trial) → expérience f
her first experiment with drugs → sa première expérience avec la drogue
as an experiment → à titre d'expérience
to do sth as an experiment → faire qch à titre d'expérience
an experiment in sth → une expérience dans qch
[ɪkˈspɛrɪmɛnt] vi
[scientist] (SCIENCE)faire une expérience
to experiment with sth → faire une expérience sur qch
to experiment on sth (= do several experiments) → faire des expériences sur qch
(= try new things) → expérimenter
to experiment with drugs (= try out) → essayer des drogues


n (Chem, Phys, fig) → Versuch m, → Experiment nt; to do an experimenteinen Versuch or ein Experiment machen; as an experimentversuchsweise, als Versuch
vi (Chem, Phys, fig) → experimentieren (on, with mit)


[n ɪksˈpɛrɪˌmənt; vb ɪksˈpɛrɪmɛnt]
1. nesperimento
to perform or carry out an experiment → fare un esperimento
as an experiment → a titolo di esperimento
2. vifare un esperimento, sperimentare
to experiment with a new vaccine → sperimentare un nuovo vaccino


(ikˈsperimənt) noun
a test done in order to find out something, eg if an idea is correct. He performs chemical experiments; experiments in traffic control; We shall find out by experiment.
(with on or with) to try to find out something by making tests. He experimented with various medicines to find the safest cure; The doctor experiments on animals.
exˌperiˈmental (-ˈmentl) adjective
of, or used for an experiment. experimental teaching methods.
exˌperiˈmentally adverb
exˌperimenˈtation noun
the practice of making experiments.


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n. experimento;
v. experimentar.


n experimento; vi experimentar
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