exploration

Definitions

  • Jamestown exploration trenches of 1955 from the air. Landmarks are the “old cypress” in the river, upper left, the tercentenary monument, and the standing ruin of the 18th-century Ambler house
    Jamestown exploration trenches of 1955 from the air. Landmarks are the “old cypress” in the river, upper left, the tercentenary monument, and the standing ruin of the 18th-century Ambler house
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n exploration to travel for the purpose of discovery
    • n exploration a careful systematic search
    • n exploration a systematic consideration "he called for a careful exploration of the consequences"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Making “trialls” of iron. Evidences of an earth oven or small furnace were discovered at Jamestown during archeological explorations. Small amounts of iron may have been smelted in the furnace during the early years of the settlement. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Making “trialls” of iron. Evidences of an earth oven or small furnace were discovered at Jamestown during...
Archeological explorations revealed that the colonists enjoyed archery. The iron lever shown, known as a “goat’s foot,” was used for setting the string of a light hunting crossbow. It was found 4 miles from Jamestown. showing the use of a “goat’s foot” from _Weapons, A Pictorial History_ by Edwin Tunis Archeological explorations revealed that the colonists enjoyed archery. The iron lever shown, known as a “goat’s...
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "America" comes from the European explorer "Amerigo Vespucci
    • n Exploration (Med) The act of exploring, penetrating, or ranging over for purposes of discovery, especially of geographical discovery; examination; as, the exploration of unknown countries "“An exploration of doctrine.”"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Twelve men have landed on and explored the moon
    • n exploration The act of exploring; search, examination, or investigation, especially for the purpose of discovery; specifically, the investigation of an unknown country or part of the earth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although Argentina's name means "Land of Silver," there is actually very little silver there. It was misnamed by explorers who thought they saw silver there.
    • n Exploration act of searching thoroughly
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Quotations

  • Erma Bombeck
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    “I am not a glutton -- I am an explorer of food.”
  • Robert Wieder
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    “Anyone can look for fashion in a boutique or history in a museum. The creative explorer looks for history in a hardware store and fashion in an airport.”
  • Kathleen Raine
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    “I couldn't claim that I have never felt the urge to explore evil, but when you descend into hell you have to be very careful.”
  • T. S. Eliot
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    “We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started... and know the place for the first time.”
  • Tom Hobson
    Tom Hobson
    “Accept failure as a normal part of living. View it as part of the process of exploring your world; make a note of its lessons and move on.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
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    “The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which man advances through centuries of exploration.”

Idioms

Explore all avenues - If all avenues are being explored, then every conceivable approach is being tried that could possibly get the desired result.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exploratio,: cf. F. exploration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. explorāre, -ātum, to search out—prob. from ex, out, plorāre, to make to flow.

Usage

In literature:

Trappers and explorers had crossed the Rocky Mountains and had gone down the Columbia River.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
Hundreds of Klondike exploring companies were being organized.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
It is certainly invaluable in exploring, when naturally one is not always thrown into contact with the best of people.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Suppose we explore the island first and leave despair till after breakfast.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Great explorers had in those days to run such risks among their followers and crews, not affected {71} by their own enthusiasm.
"Canada" by J. G. Bourinot
Destournier took several little excursions with the intrepid explorer before the severest of the winter set in.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Several ships were sent to explore the country.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
Get to sleep again, for I want to explore as much as we can to-morrow.
"Dead Man's Land" by George Manville Fenn
The first Dutch north-east explorers called it Vaygats Sound or Fretum Nassovicum.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Explorations of the French in Canada.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
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In poetry:

Far, far beyond the waves, I bend
Mine eyes, if I can land explore;
But o'er the waves I find no end,—
Yet there they say's my Yarrimore.
"Yarrimore" by Sir John Carr
But let us do thee justice here,
Tho' distant from thy native shore,
For all thy faults repress the sneer,
And thy great qualities explore.
"Robert Burns" by Thomas Frederick Young
If Thou Thyself at once couldst give,
Then wert Thou not the God Thou art:
To explore Thy secret is to live,
Creation's ever-deepening Heart!
"The Immortal Voyager" by Lucy Larcom
Life and letters were his ladder
Up toward that which few discover,
Thought's wide realm, with vision gladder
He explored, each summit scaled.
"Johan Ludvig Heiberg 1860" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Then, seated round the festive board,
Your track, while memory recites,
Show, by the places you've explor'd,
An orb with four bright satellites.
"Enigma VIII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Some have thought deeply and explored the
meaning of thy truth,
and they are great;
I have listened to catch the music of thy play,
and I am glad.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore

In news:

As she explored astrology more, Bon was led down the path to become an astrologer herself.
Plenty of people are wondering what a team of Swedish deep sea explorers discovered in the Baltic Sea.
Todd Oldham explores his lifelong fascination with Alexander Girard.
Todd Oldham explores his lifelong fascination with Alexander Girard +Read Article.
This ANA Insight Brief explores radical new developments in shopper marketing.
Viva explores the globe following three intrepid women taking the path least travelled.
Going back to an era full of important scientific discoveries, comic-book writer Jonathan Hickman is exploring some true science fiction.
The $450 million, seven-level building boasts 14 permanent galleries, 15 theaters and thousands of artifacts that explore the history of news gathering.
In it Kristof globe-trots to Africa, India and Asia with some Hollywood actresses and explores the atrocities visited upon young girls and women in the international sex trade.
The University of Colorado will explore whether it should set up an internship program so accounting students can help carry out audits.
Explore the Senate spending vote.
After the Explorer-based Aviator failed to take flight, Lincoln is introducing a crossover vehicle of the same name at the 2006 Detroit Show.
(ONGC), India's biggest energy explorer, is planning to sell dollar bonds to fund a $1 billion acquisition in Azerbaijan , according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
Lee County Parks & Recreation invites visitors and residents to explore nature at beaches and shorelines at the next Barrier Island Paddle, scheduled to be held this Friday, Oct 14.
This 7-part webseries explores that pivotal moment in a company's story where the entrepreneurs have to make a dificult business decision.
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In science:

First we explore the significance of conclusion (1).
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
In particular in this work we will explore the connection between the propagation of a wave and the 1-D version of the PRW called the “t-r” model, in which a particle moves with probability t in the same direction as in the previous step and with probability r reverses direction (t + r = 1).
Modeling the propagation of a signal through a layered nanostructure: Connections between the statistical properties of waves and random walks
This type of model is more suited than the standard random walk model to explore the quasiballistic regime, which becomes more important in transport phenomena in nanostructures.
Modeling the propagation of a signal through a layered nanostructure: Connections between the statistical properties of waves and random walks
In addition, approximate numerical scaling energies can be explored by use of the Truncated Conformal Space Approach (TCSA) .
Lattice Approach to Excited TBA Boundary Flows: Tricritical Ising Model
Several truncations of the outer profile were explored, but the overall conclusion was always the same: M32 cannot be model led as, that is to say it is not (structural ly), a single component system.
Evidence for an outer disk in the Prototype `Compact Elliptical' Galaxy M32
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