experiment-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: Scientific test

Commentary: EXPERIMENT[+event][+activity][+observation][+controlled][+hypothesis_driven] A part of the scientific process. A way to test a hypothesis that produces quantifiable results in a controlled environment.

They conducted an international field experiment to study climate forcing by aerosols.
John's psychology class reproduced the results of the 1971 Zimbardo Prison Experiment.
Pete's experiments with rocket fuel on the kitchen stove created stress for his mother.
Such an experiment with high energy particles would require a particle accelerator that doesn't currently exist.
Try the following experiment on yourself: observe how you react to people based on the deepness of their voice.
The book describes some of Einstein's most famous thought experiments.
What is the probability of a coin landing heads up in 100 experiments? (tosses)

PropBank: experiment.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: Something new, a novel undertaking

Commentary: EXPERIMENT[+event]ATION[+activity][+undertaking][+novel] The act of trying something that has not been tried in the past. Generally non-scientific; non-quantifiable.

The book is a literary experiment.
I decided to grow my beard long as an experiment.
John conducted a culinary experiment with the leftovers in the refrigerator.
The Soviet Union was a social experiment that went horribly wrong.
It was an experiment in communal living.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1