Definition of exploration in English:

exploration

noun

  • 1The action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order to learn about it.

    ‘voyages of exploration’
    [count noun] ‘an exploration of the African interior’
    • ‘As a byproduct, space exploration provides us with expensive toys that are not designed for killing each other.’
    • ‘The beauty, the mystery, the danger, and the drama will always be a part of space exploration.’
    • ‘What's ahead for the beleaguered agency and manned exploration of space in general?’
    • ‘There is, of course, one fly in the ointment, and that is the fact that space exploration costs money.’
    • ‘He feels that India is equipped to take the lead in ocean exploration and research.’
    • ‘Demonstrations and exhibits, many of them interactive, will cover aspects on space, space travel and exploration.’
    • ‘Its mandate is sweeping to set the agenda for space exploration well into the 21st century.’
    • ‘It is the writers of science fiction who have ventured to show us what the possibilities of space exploration might be like.’
    • ‘Trying to find alien life and a thorough exploration of Mars would be both popular and interesting goals.’
    • ‘He has been profiled everywhere, his name now synonymous in Britain with space exploration.’
    • ‘The mission to Titan has kicked off one of the most exciting years for space exploration in more than a quarter of a century.’
    • ‘The political impetus to push deep space exploration forward has essentially dissipated.’
    • ‘In September 1699 he sailed again making a thorough exploration of the Atlantic shores.’
    • ‘The aim is to pay more attention to the human factor of space exploration.’
    • ‘Why not put space exploration on the back burner until we have solved more problems here where real life is?’
    • ‘Aren't you fascinated to know what the President is going to say about space exploration next week?’
    • ‘I want them to know not only the history of space exploration, but the future of it as well.’
    • ‘I sent out my 5 pods, each containing a satellite and a probe for surface exploration.’
    • ‘In fact, one of the goals of the space society's event was to increase awareness of Canada's role in space exploration.’
    • ‘Now tourism is just one of several new possibilities emerging in space exploration.’
    expedition, trip, tour, journey, voyage, odyssey, safari, trek, hike
    investigation, study, survey, research, search, inspection, probe, examination, enquiry, scrutiny, observation
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    1. 1.1Thorough analysis of a subject or theme.
      ‘an exploration of the religious dimensions of our lives’
      • ‘It's one of the best and most immersive explorations of the subjects that I've been involved with…’
      • ‘Research into retention is an important area for further exploration and analysis.’
      • ‘There must be complex mental health issues which need exploration and analysis.’
      • ‘Future research may include a more thorough exploration of these observations.’
      • ‘A period of exploration and study about ideas new to organizational life began.’
      • ‘The only remedy for this, of course, is passionate exploration and in-depth study!’
      • ‘I personally look forward to his future explorations on the subject.’
      • ‘He was told that the study's exploration of options amounted to planning for failure.’
      • ‘We brought to this exploration our prior study of relevant issues in our individual research.’
      • ‘It is a structure which is perfect for a linear exploration of a subject - in this case, the rise and rise of Frank Gehry.’
      • ‘However far you go in the exploration of this subject, you can be certain that there will be things around the corner waiting to surprise you.’
      • ‘As a result the book is more a scrap-book of his personal reflections than a thorough exploration of the concept of community.’
      • ‘Subsequently, it invites peer review and involves exploration of student learning.’
      • ‘He breaks away from standard realism into an exploration of the subject matter.’
      • ‘Further exploration should not be limited to examining practices within pharmacy alone.’
      • ‘He then set about a thorough and painstaking exploration of what an orchestral work of the late 20th century might be.’
      • ‘At the same, this is a film of emotional depth, humour and intelligent exploration of its subject.’
      • ‘Their knowledge and experiences can only add to the validity of the text in providing a thorough exploration of desistance.’
      • ‘From Descartes onward, the Enlightenment was also concerned with an exploration of the individual subject.’
      • ‘That had been the subject of factual exploration and is well covered by findings of fact.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (denoting an investigation): from French, or from Latin exploratio(n-), from the verb explorare (see explore). The current sense dates from the early 19th century.

Pronunciation:

exploration

/ˌekspləˈrāSH(ə)n/