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English Dictionary: experience by the DICT Development Group
2 results for experience
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities; "a man of experience"; "experience is the best teacher"
    Antonym(s): inexperience, rawness
  2. the content of direct observation or participation in an event; "he had a religious experience"; "he recalled the experience vividly"
  3. an event as apprehended; "a surprising experience"; "that painful experience certainly got our attention"
  1. go or live through; "We had many trials to go through"; "he saw action in Viet Nam"
    Synonym(s): experience, see, go through
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): know, experience, live
  3. go through (mental or physical states or experiences); "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling"
    Synonym(s): experience, receive, have, get
  4. undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"
    Synonym(s): feel, experience
  5. undergo; "The stocks had a fast run-up"
    Synonym(s): have, experience
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Experience \Ex*pe"ri*ence\, n. [F. exp[82]rience, L.
      experientia, tr. experiens, [?]entis, p. pr. of experiri,
      expertus, to try; ex out + the root of pertus experienced.
      See {Peril}, and cf. {Expert}.]
      1. Trial, as a test or experiment. [Obs.]
                     She caused him to make experience Upon wild beasts.
      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. [bd]Guided by other's experiences.[b8] --Shak.
                     I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and
                     that is the lamp of experience.         --P. Henry
                     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.
                     Those that undertook the religion of our Savior upon
                     his preaching, had no experience of it. --Sharp.
      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;
            as, a king without experience of war.
                     Whence hath the mind all the materials of reason and
                     knowledge? To this I answer in one word, from
                     experience.                                       --Locke.
                     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. --Sir
                                                                              J. Herschel.
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