• WordNet 3.6
    • n laboratory a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
    • n laboratory a region resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation and practice and experimentation "the new nation is a testing ground for socioeconomic theories","Pakistan is a laboratory for studying the use of American troops to combat terrorism"
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Edison in his Laboratory Edison in his Laboratory

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first museum in Moscow that was set up in 1791 was the Natural History Laboratory at Moscow University. This later was changed to the Zoological Museum
    • Laboratory Any place, activity or situation suggestive of a scientific laboratory{1}, especially in being conducive to learning new facts by experimentation or by systematic observation; as, the states serve as laboratories where different new policies may be tested prior to adoption throughout the country.
    • Laboratory The workroom of a chemist; also, a place devoted to experiments in any branch of natural science; as, a chemical, physical, or biological laboratory . Hence, by extension, a place where something is prepared, or some operation is performed; as, the liver is the laboratory of the bile.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Penicillin was first produced synthetically in a laboratory in 1946.
    • n laboratory A room, building, or workshop especially fitted with suitable apparatus for conducting investigations in any department of science or art, or for elaborating or manufacturing chemical, medicinal, or any similar products: as, a chemical or pharmaceutical laboratory; hence, also, figuratively, any place where or in which similar processes are carried on by natural forces.
    • n laboratory Milit., an establishment for the manufacture of rockets, port-fires, fuses, percussion-caps, quick-and slow-matches, friction-primers, electric primers, etc., designed for military operations. In Great Britain laboratories are in charge of officers of the Royal Artillery; in the United States they are under the officers of the Ordnance Department.
    • n laboratory The space between the fire and the flue-bridges of a reverberatory furnace in which the work is performed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first chimpanzee to travel into space was named Ham. He got the name from the lab he was raised in, the Holloman AeroMedical laboratory in Alamogordo, NM. Ham flew in a Mercury space capsule in 1961. His trip also proved that space travel was safe for humans.
    • n Laboratory lab′or-a-tor-i a chemist's workroom: a place where scientific experiments are systematically carried on: a place for the manufacture of arms and war material: a place where anything is prepared for use.
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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.”
  • Tennessee Williams
    “We're all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.”
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    “An hour spent in the library is worth a month in the laboratory.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “For a novelist, a given historic situation is an anthropologic laboratory in which he explores his basic question: What is human existence?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Shortened fr. elaboratory,; cf. OF. elaboratoire, F. laboratoire,. See Elaborate Labor.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. laborārelabor, work.


In literature:

I called at his laboratory.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Work in the laboratory didnt indicate it.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
He wrote a work on the transmutation of metals, and had a famous laboratory at Avignon.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Bread came from the laboratory, and not from the soil by the sweat of the brow.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
Van Heerden made a move toward the laboratory, but Milsom's big hand detained him.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
He rose from his chair and unlocked his little laboratory.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
A silence so tense that it hurt filled the great laboratory.
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
One of the recognized laboratory strains?
"Junior Achievement" by William Lee
A handy lamp holder which can be manufactured in the laboratory is shown in Fig.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
That's a workshop, or a laboratory, or something, in which Joseph spends his leisure moments.
"The Chestermarke Instinct" by J. S. Fletcher
We know exactly where the top research is being conducted in every laboratory in the nation.
"The Great Gray Plague" by Raymond F. Jones
As a laboratory assistant he was unbeatable.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
Such comparisons made on laboratory assistants can not be duplicated with the ordinary subject.
"Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy Transformations of Man" by Francis Gano Benedict
The National Physical Laboratory.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Remember the hermit across the road from your son's old laboratory?
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Rick looked over at the laboratory building.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
This room was a secret laboratory, fully equipped for chemical and physical research.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
He looked around, and decided it was a laboratory.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
The house of Professor Denham, very certainly, and that barn was the laboratory in which he made his experiments.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
He paused a minute before the laboratory door.
"The Passing of Ku Sui" by Anthony Gilmore

In poetry:

No matter what the book might be, or what it was about,
It would go in at one ear,--at the other 'twould come out!
So in his laboratory, baffled Cyrus sitting lone,
Strives to correct the sad defect in his Instructiphone.
"The Instructiphone" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

Twentieth Century Fox and Dolby Laboratories announced that Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee's Life of Pi will be mixed and released in Dolby Atmos, the new immersive audio platform.
Dolby Laboratories conducted demos of its new immersive cinema sound technology, Atmos, in its New York City private screening theater last week.
Dolby Laboratories, Inc (NYSE: DLB) and Twentieth Century Fox® announced today that two of the studio's fall 2012 releases, Taken 2 (U.
Dolby Laboratories ( DLB ) develops audio technologies for entertainment and electronics industry.
Source Dolby Laboratories (quote: DLB), Technology, Self made.
W Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM.
A few years ago, I stopped reporting on Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Paul Liptak has joined DPT Laboratories in San Antonio as its newest business development manager.
I hit the floor of the laboratory so hard the bruise on my chin was noticeable for several days.
M ichael Budkie has lasted 15 years in a career most people wouldn't touch with a pooper-scooper: He studies the day-to-day life stories of animals stuck in laboratory experiments.
Summer 2000 Excavation Off and Running After two and a half days of classroom and laboratory lectures we hit the ground at the Lott House running.
American Laboratory, a leading publication for the laboratory industry, announced today the August 2011 issue is now available.
Focused on key areas in the laboratory industry, this issue's top articles include.
US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu visited the Jefferson Laboratory in Hampton Roads on Tuesday as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.
DR JOEL SUSSMAN sits restlessly behind his computer at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton typing furiously.

In science:

Alava Helsinki University of Technology, Laboratory of Physics, P.O.
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting
Duxbury† ∗Helsinki University of Technology, Laboratory of Physics, P.O.
A periodic elastic medium in which periodicity is relevant
Thirdly laboratory techniques were applied to the properties and evolution of possible grain materials.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
In our terms, the “measurement problem” arises (as usual) when the initial spin–state of the particle is not |ui or |di, as we have considered in the previous sections, but a superposition of them, like the state |u + di of section 2, which can be easily prepared in a laboratory.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
The role of quantum electrodynamics is limited to the treatment of the emission in the lower and absorption in the upper laboratory (or vice versa) both of which were M¨ossbauer-transitions.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity
The optimal POVM has recently been implemented in a laboratory for a two-level system .
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
Alava Helsinki University of Technology, Laboratory of Physics, P.O.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
In both methods, the above procedure is followed by a Lorentz boost to the laboratory frame and a determination of the color flow.
Integration of GRACE and PYTHIA
Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, JINR, 141 980 Dubna, Moscow Region, Russia ∗∗ Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Wroc law pl.
Generalized Grassmann Algebras and its Connection to the Extended Supersymmetric Models
L (0), where index L means the laboratory system, and the time t here and below refers to the frame moving with the oscillator.
Space-Time Evolution of the Oscillator, Rapidly moving in a random media
In order to work in the laboratory frame we need to substitute T = tL /γ , where tL is the laboratory time.
Space-Time Evolution of the Oscillator, Rapidly moving in a random media
Laboratory, and Goddard Space Flight Center.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Selected events of the expansion of the pulse in the EMBH model are represented, together with the distance from the EMBH in the laboratory frame at which they occur and with the density of the surrounding medium.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
The corresponding values in the comoving time, laboratory time and arrival time are given in .
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
The ratio between the interaction cross-sections of the magnetic photon and the electric photon shall depend on the aether drift of the laboratory.
General Relativity Requires Absolute Space and Time