• Experience makes a man wise
    Experience makes a man wise
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v experiment to conduct a test or investigation "We are experimenting with the new drug in order to fight this disease"
    • v experiment try something new, as in order to gain experience "Students experiment sexually","The composer experimented with a new style"
    • n experiment the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation
    • n experiment a venture at something new or different "as an experiment he decided to grow a beard"
    • n experiment the testing of an idea "it was an experiment in living","not all experimentation is done in laboratories"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Domestic Experiences Domestic Experiences
Volta's experiment with frog legs Volta's experiment with frog legs
Experiments with liquid air Experiments with liquid air
More liquid air experiments More liquid air experiments
Franklin Experimenting with Electricity Franklin Experimenting with Electricity
Fulton's Experiments Fulton's Experiments

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Experiments have shown that, ants are capable of lifting 50 times their own weight and pulling loads 300 times their own weight.
    • Experiment A trial or special observation, made to confirm or disprove something uncertain; esp., one under controlled conditions determined by the experimenter; an act or operation undertaken in order to discover some unknown principle or effect, or to test, establish, or illustrate some hypothesis, theory, or known truth; practical test; proof. "A political experiment can not be made in a laboratory, nor determined in a few hours."
    • Experiment Experience. "Adam, by sad experiment I know
      How little weight my words with thee can find."
      "In eld [old age] is both wisdom and usage ."
    • v. t Experiment To make experiment; to operate by test or trial; -- often with on upon, or in, referring to the subject of an experiment; with, referring to the instrument; and by, referring to the means; as, to experiment upon electricity; he experimented in plowing with ponies, or by steam power.
    • v. t Experiment To try; to know, perceive, or prove, by trial or experience.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rosalind Franklin was the woman behind Watson and Crick's doudle helix DNA model. She did all the experiments, but died before she was paid credit. Watson and Crick merely took her results and interpreted it.
    • n experiment A trial; a test; specifically, the operation of subjecting objects to certain conditions and observing the result, in order to test some principle or supposition, or to discover something new.
    • n experiment A becoming practically acquainted with something; an experience.
    • experiment To make trial; make an experiment; operate on a body in such a manner as to discover some unknown fact, or to establish it when known: as, philosophers experiment on natural bodies for the discovery of their qualities and combinations.
    • experiment To try; search out by trial; put to the proof.
    • experiment To know or perceive by experience; experience.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Roulette was invented by the French mathematician Blaise Pascal. It was a by-product of his experiments with perpetual motion.
    • n Experiment eks-per′i-ment a trial: something done to prove some theory, or to discover something unknown
    • v.i Experiment to make an experiment or trial: to search by trial
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  • Aldous Huxley
    “Experience teaches only the teachable.”
  • Alphonse De Lamartine
    “Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.”
  • Vernon S. Law
    Vernon S. Law
    “Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson.”
  • John Locke
    “No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.”
  • Karl Marx
    “Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. experimentum, fr. experiri, to try: cf. OF. esperiment, experiment,. See Experience


In literature:

The conscientious worker in the experiment stations is in the same category.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
By an experiment faith acquires an experience.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Now here enters a danger which one does not learn about excepting from practical experience.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
We can only hope, and continue to experiment!
"The Problems of Psychical Research" by Hereward Carrington
Katharine's experience had but few black patches in it as yet.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Experiences, inner events, Socrates points to them, and first of all to the experience of wisdom itself.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
He never again repeated the experiment.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
His experience has been the universal experience ever since.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
PROFESSOR LAKE: We have had three years' experience; we have had also the experience of others who have had them a longer time than that.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Fourth Annual Meeting" by Various
Experiment with wax proposed, 80.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
But as for these so-called chemical waves, experience has little to say about them, and experiment still less.
"Aether and Gravitation" by William George Hooper
He placed his cabin without regard to social experience.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson
Simple reflection upon the most common experiments is sufficient to evince the truth of these positions.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
At such times a great resource was to induce Uncle Moses to tell some experiences of a glorious past, his own.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Instead of trusting to experience, they attempted experiments.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
I have never made the experiment; nobody has, as far as I know; but experiments of this kind are often made by Nature.
"The Glaciers of the Alps" by John Tyndall
This investigator pointed out that there were two factors which might account for the discrepancies in the earlier experiments.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
In the meantime attention is directed to others undergoing the same experience.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
This time, warned by experience, the Company invited no party and made no display.
"The Story of the Atlantic Telegraph" by Henry M. (Henry Martyn) Field
You will find that out from your own experience soon enough.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann

In poetry:

And then will fresh experience find,
When faith gets leave to speak its mind,
The native language whereof is,
My Lord is mine, and I am his.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
O thou, whose days are yet all spring,
Faith, blighted one, is past retrieving;
Experience is a dumb, dead thing;
The victory's in believing.
"To----" by James Russell Lowell
I walk by faith, and not by sight:
Yet knowledge does my faith resound,
Which cannot walk but in the light.
Ev'n when experience runs a ground.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
"Oh, heed her not!" Experience says;
"For thus she whispered once to me;
She told me, in my youthful days,
How glorious manhood's prime would be.
"Views Of Life" by Anne Bronte
Show me the order of the world,
the hard-edge light of this-is-so
prior to all experience
and common to both world and thought,
no model, but the truth itself.
""Thought is Surrounded" by Gwen Harwood
Success to Mr J. Graham Henderson, who is a good man,
And to gainsay it there's few people can,
I say so from my own experience,
And experience is a great defence.
"Lines in Praise of Mr. J. Graham Henderson, Hawick" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

REGULAR readers of this blog will recognise the subject of this week's print column: the sad story of the Antwerp school whose multicultural experiment foundered thanks to the illiberalism of others.
New Neilsen study suggests streaming video is the primary music experience of our day.
Share experiences, network with peers, and preview new products.
As a clinical social worker with almost 40 years experience, with the past 28 in the adoption field, I was appalled at what I saw.
A couple (Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan) find they are still haunted by a spirit conjured up from a college psych experiment and must turn to an expert in the supernatural (Tom Felton).
In The Apparition , Harry Potter's Tom Felton plays the ringleader of a séance that aims to repeat an infamous 1973 "experiment" using with advanced technology.
Abbie Appel is an international fitness educator with 20 years experience in the fitness industry.
Based as it is on recognizing signs of value, my argument does not presume to know the precise nature of others' experiences (and in any case, "knowing the precise nature of an experience" means nothing other than having that experience).
Envirothon team says thanks for great experience, education.
They pass into our experience like incidents we have ourselves known or almost known.
Amanda Coplin didn't live through the experiences of the two sisters in her debut novel, The Orchardist (Harper, Sept.).
I have no idea what kind of qualifications the new hire has or what kind of experience she may have, but I doubt that any of the applicants had my qualifications.
It's hard to deny that the contemporary customer experience – whatever its form, wherever it happens – is a digital experience.
Join Wahoo 's co-founder at celebrity experiences wahoo , celebrity, experiences, founder, join.
While it's inaccurate -- as some people have claimed -- to say that Connie Latimer has no experience, it's fair to ask whether her experience is sufficient to qualify her for the job of city administrator.

In science:

The outcome of any local non-gravitational experiment does not depend on both the velocity of free falling laboratory, and the fact where and when in the Universe this experiment is performed. The theories consistent with EEP are referred to as metric ones.
Non-metric Generalizations of Relativistic Gravitational Theory and Observational Data Interpretation
These are, first, two ‘q uantum eraser experiments, and then ‘A F SHAR’s’ experiment; all three are intended to focus specifically on the issue of delim iting complementarity in light.
Quantum complimentarity, erasers and photons
It is interesting to note that this number has been stable for a long time: the estimate from the COBE DMR experiment without the addition of any LSS or smaller scale CMB experiments was [21 ± 3] × 10−10 when extrapolated with this ns = 0.96 slope, and only slightly higher with no tilt .
Roulette Inflation with K\"ahler Moduli and their Axions
The gedanken experiment proposed by EPR cannot be carried out if the usual probabilistic interpretation of QM is correct, and so no physical conclusions can be drawn from the experiment.
On the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Proof of the `Incompleteness' of Quantum Mechanics
Almost all subsequent discussion of the ‘EPR experiments’ in the literature is, instead, based on Bohm’s gedanken experiment involving correlated spin measurements.
On the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Proof of the `Incompleteness' of Quantum Mechanics
ICARUS Collaboration, The ICARUS experiment: A second-generation proton decay experiment and neutrino observatory at the Gran Sasso laboratory.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
Arneodo and others, ICANOE: Imaging and calorimetric neutrino oscil lation experiment: A proposal for a CERN-GS long baseline and atmospheric neutrino oscil lation experiment, .
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
Search experiments are traditionally classified as to whether spin-independent (SI) or spin-dependent (SD) according to which interaction channel the experiment is most sensitive, of which the first has generally attracted the most attention.
A CF3I-based SDD Prototype for Spin-independent Dark Matter Searches
Once preparation and measurement apparatuses are included in a detailed model of an experiment, the difference between quantum field models and classical random field models for experiments becomes nominal and empirically irrelevant.
Lie fields revisited
If quantum fluctuations are empirically significant, which they are when we describe experiments that are in the quantum mechanical regime using classical random fields, we have to include in the model the effects of quantum fluctuations of all interacting parts of the experiment.
Lie fields revisited
Any cat generation experiment requires a verification that the experiment makes cat states.
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
These rough estimates highlight the need for any proposed experiment to be able to produce a large number of cat states in order to perform a full reconstruction of the state generated by that experiment.
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
This is primarily because their experiment suffered from a high “dark count” rate, low photon detector efficiency, and impurity in the squeezed state. A second pulsed experiment was performed by Orjoumtsev, Tualle-Brouri, Laurat, and Grangier .
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
Improving on these experiments is likely to require making squeezed states with greater purity (especially in pulsed experiments) and subtraction of more than one photon.
Methods for Producing Optical Coherent State Superpositions
For a single vortex line this experiment gives direct access to the quantization of the angular momentum (106) carried by the vortex, in analogy with the famous Vinen experiment of superfluid helium (Vinen, 1961).
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases