A laboratory is a place where experiments happen, usually scientific experiments involving chemicals and lab coats, but there are creative and athletic laboratories too, where people experiment with writing and footballs.

When you think of a laboratory, you might see men and women wearing face masks pouring colorful liquids into test tubes, and you’d be correct. Any place that is a testing ground for new ideas is a laboratory, like a class full of people thinking up new ways to make paper airplanes. The Latin verb laborare means “to labor,” so remember that a laboratory is a place of hard work: you can’t spell laboratory without labor in it.

Definitions of laboratory
  1. noun
    a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
    synonyms: lab, research lab, research laboratory, science lab, science laboratory
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    bio lab, biology lab, biology laboratory
    a laboratory for biological research
    chem lab, chemistry lab, chemistry laboratory
    a laboratory for research in chemistry
    defense laboratory
    a laboratory devoted to research and development for national defense
    physics lab, physics laboratory
    a laboratory for research in physics
    type of:
    work, workplace
    a place where work is done
  2. noun
    a region resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation and practice and experimentation
    synonyms: testing ground
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    type of:
    a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth
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