Definitions of experimentation

n the testing of an idea

“not all experimentation is done in laboratories”
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pilot experiment
a preliminary experiment whose outcome can lead to a more extensive experiment
test, trial, trial run, tryout
trying something to find out about it
field test, field trial
a test of the performance of some new product under the conditions in which it will be used
alpha test
(computer science) a first test of an experimental product (such as computer software) carried out by the developer
beta test
(computer science) a second test of an experimental product (such as computer software) carried out by an outside organization
road test
a test to insure that a vehicle is roadworthy
trial balloon
a test of public opinion
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enquiry, inquiry, research
a search for knowledge

n the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation

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the act of subjecting to experimental test in order to determine how well something works
trial and error
experimenting until a solution is found
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
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research project, scientific research
research into questions posed by scientific theories and hypotheses

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