|Experiment (Ex*per"i*ment) (?), n.
[L. experimentum, fr. experiri to try: cf. OF. esperiment, experiment. See Experience.]
1. A trial or special observation, made to confirm or disprove something doubtful; esp., one under 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 suggest or known truth; practical test; poof. "A political experiment can not be made in a laboratory, not determinant in a few hours." J. Adams.
2. Experience. [Obs.] "Adam, by sad experiment I know How little weight my words with thee can find." Milton.
Experiment (Ex*per"i*ment) (?), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Experimented; p. pr. & vb. n. Experimenting.]
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.
Experiment (Ex*per"i*ment), v.t, To try; to know, perceive, or prove, by trial experience. [Obs.] Sir T. Herbert.
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