AskDefine | Define exploration

Dictionary Definition



1 to travel for the purpose of discovery [syn: geographic expedition]
2 a careful systematic search
3 a systematic consideration; "he called for a careful exploration of the consequences"

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  1. The act of exploring, penetrating, or ranging over for purposes of discovery, especially of geographical discovery; examination; as, the exploration of unknown countries
  2. physical examination.


Related terms



  • /ɛk.splɔ.ʁa.sjɔ̃/


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Extensive Definition

Exploration is the act of searching or traveling for the purpose of discovery, e.g. of unknown people, including space (space exploration), for oil, gas, coal, ores, caves, water (Mineral exploration or prospecting), or information.
Although exploration has existed as long as human beings, its peak is seen as being during the Age of Discovery when European navigators travelled around the world discovering new lands and cultures.

Other uses

The term may also be used metaphorically, for example persons may speak of exploring the internet, sexuality, etc.
In scientific research, exploration is one of three purposes of research (the other two being description and explanation). Exploration is the attempt to develop an initial, rough understanding of some phenomenon.

Notable explorers

Exploration by area

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exploration in Arabic: استكشاف
exploration in Breton: Ergerzhadeg
exploration in Danish: Opdagelsesrejse
exploration in German: Exploration
exploration in Spanish: Exploración
exploration in Esperanto: Esplorado
exploration in French: Exploration
exploration in Croatian: Popis istraživača
exploration in Italian: Esploratori
exploration in Hebrew: מגלה ארצות
exploration in Dutch: Ontdekkingsreizen
exploration in Japanese: 探検
exploration in Portuguese: Exploração
exploration in Albanian: Eksplorimi
exploration in Finnish: Tutkimusmatkailija
exploration in Swedish: Upptäcktsresa
exploration in Vietnamese: Thám hiểm
exploration in Yiddish: עקספלאראציע
exploration in Chinese: 探险家

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