May 7, 2013 - Word of the Day
An experiment is a learning experience that someone tries in order to find a result. Experiments arise naturally from human curiosity.
In these sentences, "experiment" is a noun:
- He's working on an experiment.
- She did an experiment involving mice.
- Scientists conducted the experiment in order to confirm their ideas about changes in the weather.
- Several experiments confirmed the existence of water on Mars.
- Experiments often involve trial and error. Mistakes are made, but valuable knowledge is gained in the process of making these mistakes.
- Rhonda wants to try an experiment with asparagus and chicken in a new recipe.
In the next set of sentences, "experiment" is a verb:
- The company is experimenting with biotechnology.
- They want to experiment on animals to determine if the products are safe for human consumption.
- I've experimented with several different chat rooms for this website.
- Let's experiment with the scheduling to see which solution is best.
- She experimented with drugs for several years before dying of an overdose. (To experiment with drugs is to take illegal and prescription drugs without a doctor's consent.)
As a noun, this word becomes "experimentation."
- Years of experimentation helped the doctor understand the benefits of the medication.
As an adjective, "experiment" becomes "experimental."
- New experimental medical procedures eventually become routine practice after years of development and observation.
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