|n.||1.||Trial, as a test or experiment.|
|2.||The effect upon the judgment or feelings produced by any event, whether witnessed or participated in; personal and direct impressions as contrasted with description or fancies; personal acquaintance; actual enjoyment or suffering.|
To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.
When the consuls . . . came in . . . they knew soon by experience how slenderly guarded against danger the majesty of rulers is where force is wanting.
|3.||An act of knowledge, one or more, by which single facts or general truths are ascertained; experimental or inductive knowledge; hence, implying skill, facility, or practical wisdom gained by personal knowledge, feeling or action; |
Whence hath the mind all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer in one word, from experience.
Experience may be acquired in two ways; either, first by noticing facts without any attempt to influence the frequency of their occurrence or to vary the circumstances under which they occur; this is observation; or, secondly, by putting in action causes or agents over which we have control, and purposely varying their combinations, and noticing what effects take place; this is experiment.
|v. t.||1.||To make practical acquaintance with; to try personally; to prove by use or trial; to have trial of; to have the lot or fortune of; to have befall one; to be affected by; to feel; |
|2.||To exercise; to train by practice.|
|Noun||1.||experience - the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities; "a man of experience"; "experience is the best teacher"|
inexperience - lack of experience and the knowledge and understanding derived from experience
|2.||experience - the content of direct observation or participation in an event; "he had a religious experience"; "he recalled the experience vividly"|
|3.||experience - an event as apprehended; "a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"|
|Verb||1.||experience - go or live through; "We had many trials to go through"; "he saw action in Viet Nam"|
|2.||experience - have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations; "I know the feeling!"; "have you ever known hunger?"; "I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict"; "The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare"; "I lived through two divorces"|
|3.||experience - of mental or physical states or experiences; "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "undergo a strange sensation"; "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; "The fluid undergoes shear"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling"|
|4.||experience - undergo an emotional sensation; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"|
|5.||experience - undergo; "The stocks had a fast run-up"|