• WordNet 3.6
    • adj experimental relying on observation or experiment "experimental results that supported the hypothesis"
    • adj experimental of the nature of or undergoing an experiment "an experimental drug"
    • adj experimental relating to or based on experiment "experimental physics"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: EPCOT stands for "Experimental Prototype City Of Tomorrow."
    • Experimental Known by, or derived from, experience; as, experimental religion.
    • Experimental Pertaining to experiment; founded on, or derived from, experiment or trial; as, experimental science; given to, or skilled in, experiment; as, an experimental philosopher.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n experimental Pertaining to, derived from, founded on, or known by experiment; given to or skilled in experiment: as, experimental knowledge or philosophy; an experimental philosopher.
    • n experimental Taught by experience; having personal experience; known by or derived from experience; experienced.
    • experimental Of the nature of an experiment; characterized by experimentation; tentative: as, the experimental stage in the production of an invention, when it is being tested or examined to discover its uses and its behavior under commercial conditions or usage; an experimental scale, a limited or small scale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Experimental founded or known by experiment: taught by experience: tentative
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  • Orson Welles
    “Hollywood is the only industry, even taking in soup companies, which does not have laboratories for the purpose of experimentation.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.”
  • John Jay Chapman
    “All progress is experimental.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf.F. expérimental,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. experimentum, from experīri, to try thoroughly.


In literature:

But now another phase of the problem presents itself to the experimenter.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Huxley and Tyndall, the great experimental scientists, had not published their great works.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
The age of capitalism is essentially scientific or experimental in its character.
"Communism and Christianism" by William Montgomery Brown
Wireless transmission of a small amount of power has been proved to be experimentally possible.
"Twentieth Century Inventions" by George Sutherland
Fern Fenwick's interest in the experimental farm was intense.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
This is the pioneer experimental study of memory, and is still worth reading, and is not specially hard reading.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
A French experimenter, Pouchet, thought he had obtained indubitable cases of spontaneous generation.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
Far more difficult is the question of painful experimentation.
"Vivisection" by Albert Leffingwell
Experimental missile misfired from White Sands!
"Atom Drive" by Charles Louis Fontenay
Prices obtained for stock for experimental purposes are not as high as when they are sold for pets and breeding purposes.
"The Raising and Care of Guinea Pigs" by A. C. Smith
These hypotheses agree with the experimental results.
"A Brief Account of Radio-activity" by Francis Preston Venable
A simple hand-worked machine is now being experimentally used and will, it is believed, turn out a better class of rope.
"Notes on Agriculture in Cyprus and Its Products" by William Bevan
The first three were experimental.
"Zeppelin" by Harry Vissering
On this account, a large amount of experimental study has been given to the question of the calcium-magnesium ratio in plants.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
The non-logical operations of memory and anticipation lack just this tentative, experimental character.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
One camp of experimenters and observers held that the cortex was identical in function throughout its extent.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
For this purpose experimentation with controlled conditions was necessary.
"Clever Hans" by Oskar Pfungst
She began to type experimentally: U-N and up came UNDERWEAR (14).
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
I hoped it wasn't too experimental.
"Test Pilot" by Jimmy Collins
He rolled the lightened carcass over on its side and sliced experimentally at the hump.
"The Lost Wagon" by James Arthur Kjelgaard

In poetry:

"Release him with a ticket - he'll be better then, no doubt,
And tell him I apologize." So MISTER WILLIAM'S out.
I hope he will be careful in his manuscripts, I'm sure,
And not begin experimentalizing any more.
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Evolutionary theory contributes little to experimental biology.
An experimental drug called tasimelteon, which acts like thehormone melatonin, may take the edgeoff of jet lag .
10 Surreal and Experimental Works by Jim Henson .
Maybe it's not that surprising that Jim Henson (of Muppet fame) was an accomplished experimental animator and film maker.
The Ethics of Animal Experimentation.
An experimental pump implanted in patients waiting for a heart transplant works as well as approved devices, according to trial results presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010.
Researchers have now proposed an experimental design for a 'space-time crystal' that would be able to keep time forever.
Scientists say they have figured out how an experimental drug called ketamine is able to relieve major depression in hours instead of weeks.
A teacher could get the class to each bring in a key ring and some keys, and begin the investigation experimentally, first with one key, then two, etc.
Experts say the field is wide open for experimentation.
Ravi Shankar, "Antarjwala," Orchestral Experimentations, East Meets West Music.
"SpaceRockSpasm" Inspired by Kraut Rock, Comics, and Experimental Film.
Grupo Folklorico Experimental Nuevayorquino vol II, "Se Me Olvido", Lo Dice Todo.
WhiteKnightTwo follows two photo planes as it circles July 27 above the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture convention in Oshkosh, Wis.
From the Journal of Experimental Psychology, a simple way to activate the part of your brain that lets you stop worrying and just be the ball.

In science:

For example, if the experimenter measures µ and obtains x0 = −2, then the experimenter knows that ε ≤ −2 in that particular experiment.
Application of Conditioning to the Gaussian-with-Boundary Problem in the Unified Approach to Confidence Intervals
U + the experimental points should lie within experimental lg ¯U + = lg A + α lg y+ .
A Note on the Intermediate Region in Turbulent Boundary Layers
On the previous experimental and numerical evidence It was widely believed that the theory of 2D localization has been tested experimentally to be successful.
Are waves all localized in two dimensional random media?
Experimental data with three polarizers The experimental data enabling to compare the results derived in the preceding section have been published already earlier (see Refs. [8, 9]).
Quantum mechanics and EPR paradox
It is probably even more remarkable that this effect was discovered experimentally, without any theoretical prediction as a guide to the appropriate experimental conditions, and appeared basically as a 100% effect from the beginning.
Large amplitude spin waves in ultra-cold gases
It is understood that some experimental progress is possible in near future with the experimental accuracy surpassing the theoretical one.
Simple Atoms, Quantum Electrodynamics and Fundamental Constants
Experimental masses are taken from Ref. when possible, and the lattice QCD estimates of Ref. are quoted for those cases (†) where the experimental masses are not known.
Charmed and Bottom Baryons: a Variational Approach based on Heavy Quark Symmetry
The estimates given in this work are based on simple experimental arguments, scaling the performance of proven instruments like RH ES S I and BATSE, and should be useful in setting the initial guidelines for new experimental approaches to GRB polarization measurements.
Can a simple instrument measure polarization in gamma-ray bursts?
Experimental implementation: We can now discuss how the above computed behaviours could be experimentally testet.
Aperiodic Quantum Random Walks
Thus the shear rates for the open and closed systems are the same within experimental error, and predictions of theory are in reasonable agreement with experimental values.
Surface Granular flows: Two Related Examples
Predictions of the model for the layer thickness profile are compared to experimental data in Fig. 5 for sand particles and steel balls for different Froude numbers in a cylinder of radius 16 cm, using the value of c obtained above and experimental values for βm and βs .
Surface Granular flows: Two Related Examples
On the other hand, experimental developments in the physics of BECs closely follow with prominent recent results, including the observation of bright, dark and gap solitons in quasi-one-dimensional settings , and with the generation of similar structures in higher dimensions appearing within experimental reach .
Stabilizing the Discrete Vortex of Topological Charge S=2
This paper is structured as follows: we first describe the experimental setup and summarize the experimental data.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance
As can be seen in Table I, excellent agreement with the experimental RT structure (lattice constants within ≈0.5% and bond lengths within ≈1% of the experimental values) is obtained.
The ferroelectric transition in YMnO$_3$ from first principles
It will be indeed helpful for difficult theoretical calculations to be motivated by new experimental pro jects and new experimental results and I hope that both will follow.
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants