Commentary: (mass noun) the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities
He is a man of experience.
Experience is the best teacher.
I've learned the value of honesty through years of experience.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1
Commentary: EXPERIENCE[+event] (count noun) the content of direct observation or participation in an event
He had a religious experience.
He recalled the experience vividly.
That painful experience certainly got our attention.
Fido said, Finding George drinking from his water bowl was a surprising experience.
I've learned the value of honesty from my many experiences.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2 3