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The act or an instance of exploring: Arctic exploration; exploration of new theories.

ex·plor′a·to′ry (ĭk-splôr′ə-tôr′ē) adj.
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(ɪkˈsplɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˈsploʊr əˌtoʊr i)

also ex•plor′a•tive,

pertaining to or concerned with exploration: exploratory surgery.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin]
ex•plor′a•tive•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.exploratory - serving in or intended for exploration or discovery; "an exploratory operation"; "exploratory reconnaissance"; "digging an exploratory well in the Gulf of Mexico"; "exploratory talks between diplomats"
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adjective investigative, trial, searching, probing, experimental, analytic, fact-finding Exploratory surgery revealed that she had cancer of the liver.
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[eksˈplɒrətərɪ] ADJ [surgery, research, study] → exploratorio; [discussions] → preliminares, de tanteo; [drilling] → de sondeo
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[ɪkˈsplɒrətəri] adj
[surgery] → explorateur/trice
exploratory operation → intervention f exploratrice, intervention f à visée exploratrice
[talks] → préliminaire
[expedition] → d'exploration
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adj approach, stageexploratorisch; exploratory talks or discussions/meetingSondierungsgespräche pl/-gespräch nt; he emphasized that the talks were only exploratoryer betonte, dass es sich nur um Sondierungsgespräche handelte; exploratory trip/expeditionErkundungsfahrt f/-expedition f; exploratory digging/drillingProbegrabungen pl/-bohrungen pl; exploratory workVorarbeiten pl; exploratory surgery, an exploratory operation (Med) → eine Explorationsoperation
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[ɪksˈplɒrətrɪ] adj (talks) → esplorativo/a; (expedition) → d'esplorazione; (step, discussion) → preliminare
exploratory operation (Med) → intervento esplorativo
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(ikˈsploː) verb
1. to search or travel through (a place) for the purpose of discovery. The oceans have not yet been fully explored; Let's go exploring in the caves.
2. to examine carefully. I'll explore the possibilities of getting a job here.
exploration (ekspləˈreiʃən) noun
a journey of exploration.
exˈploratory (-ˈsplorə-) adjective
for the purpose of exploration or investigation. an exploratory expedition.
exˈplorer noun
a person who explores unknown regions. explorers in space.
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a. exploratorio-a, rel. a una exploración.
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adj (surg) explorador
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Letherall was a large man in spectacles, who one day took my small head between his large hands, and pressed it here and there in an exploratory, auspicious manner--then placed each of his great thumbs on my temples, and pushed me a little way from him, and stared at me with glittering spectacles.
last 71 years, received 571 licences, drilled 2,366 exploratory, appraisal and development wells, yielding around 330 discoveries.
Additionally, four new cohorts consisting of two expansion and two exploratory cohorts are being added to COSMIC-021.
ISLAMABAD -- Oil and gas Exploration and Production (E and P) companies received 571 licences during last 71 years and drilled 2,366 exploratory and appraisal/development wells, yielding around 330 discoveries.
The Khronos[R] Group, an open consortium of companies creating advanced 3D standards, has announced the formation of an Exploratory Group to investigate the creation of standards and guidelines for the production and distribution of real-time 3D representations of products, so they can be experienced realistically and consistently across all platforms and devices, such as mobile, Web and Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) solutions, the company said.
The Bureau of Land Management authorized a limestone quarry north of Glenwood Springs, Colo., to drill 15 exploratory holes to search for additional mineral resources, prompting concerns about a lack of public involvement in the federal agency's decision-making process on the controversial quarry.
figure By BRIAN NGUGI Centum-owned renewable energy company Akiira Geothermal's (AGL) quest for steam power generation suffered a temporary blow after the two wells it sunk in Naivasha at a cost of about Sh1.2 billion failed to meet production capacity.Centum director of developments, David Njoroge, on Wednesday said Akiira plans to resume exploratory drilling near the geothermal-rich Olkaria from December as it seeks to develop its 70-megawatt project in Naivasha.
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez told reporters last week that part of the reason behind the exploratory talks for the free trade agreement (FTA) was prompted by the Trump administration.
KARACHI -- Pakistan Petroleum Ltd (PPL), operator of exploratory well in Gambat South Block together with its joint venture partners Government Holdings Private Ltd and Asia Resources Oil Ltd, has discovered hydrocarbons from exploratory well Badeel X-1, located in Sanghar, Sindh.
NNA - French energy company Total says it is looking to expand its search for natural gas off Cyprus' south coast and seeks to secure another exploratory drilling license.

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