experiment in

experiment in (something)

To test or do research in a particular subject or area. My sister is experimenting in astrophysics and has done some very fascinating research.
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experiment in something

to conduct research or experiments about something. The research group is experimenting in the field of biomechanics. We want to experiment in thermodynamics.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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One of the objects of the Council of Censors which met in Pennsylvania in 1783 and 1784, was, as we have seen, to inquire, "whether the constitution had been violated, and whether the legislative and executive departments had encroached upon each other." This important and novel experiment in politics merits, in several points of view, very particular attention.
In contrast to BPA, the positive controls did not induce visible toxicity at the applied concentrations, as confirmed with the MTT assay in one experiment in triplicate (data not shown).
Though he worries that direct handouts may pay for alcohol or drugs, he approvingly notes an experiment in which a Canadian shelter served hourly drinks to its alcoholic residents.
FOOLING MOTHER NATURE The core of an experiment in behavioral science depends on changing one thing about an animal's world but leaving everything else the same.
In Anne Arundel County, Maryland, an experiment in such integrated patrol has led to dramatically increased productivity in a midnight patrol shift and has contributed to an overall decline in crime throughout the county.
The discussion of immigration contains eye-opening findings based on Geyer's reporting - for instance, that the Border Patrol has been successful in containing illegal immigration when it has actually tried, as in an experiment in El Paso; or that the National Council of La Raza, an important advocacy group for Mexican-American interests, has almost no membership base and is funded nearly exclusively by foundation and government grants.
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