Definitions of experimentation
  1. noun
    the testing of an idea
    “not all experimentation is done in laboratories”
    synonyms: experiment
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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
    type of:
    enquiry, inquiry, research
    a search for knowledge
  2. noun
    the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation
    synonyms: experiment
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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
    type of:
    research project, scientific research
    research into questions posed by scientific theories and hypotheses
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