experiment with

experiment with (something)

1. Literally, to use something as a component in research or tests. We got approval to start experimenting with this new procedure on mice, so we can see how the procedure affects their islet cells.
2. By extension, to try doing or using something new. I'm experimenting with basil tonight, even though I don't usually include it in this recipe. I just don't like the synth-heavy sound the band's experimenting with on this album.
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experiment with someone or something

to try different experiments on someone or something; to use different people or things as key variables in an experiment. They are supposed to be experimenting with new drugs. We no longer experiment with animals.
See also: experiment
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Heidegger, who sat watching the experiment with philosophic coolness.
He went amongst them in simple, idle curiosity, his main object being to discover some strange item which he might use for experiment with the kite.
At this point, and before Bell had begun to experiment with his telegraph, the scene of the story shifts from Canada to Massachusetts.
For the present, let us return to our experiment with the opium.
"We're following the experiment with interest," says Monica Bradford, executive editor of Science.
Here's an example that's like the second experiment with just dots.
Analysis suggests its suitability for a neutron lifetime experiment with precision < 1 s.
The data points in an integrated toxicogenomics experiment with microarray, proteomics, and metabolomics data are virtually innumerable.
In the second experiment with communication permitted, the game theory group coordinated to harvest the maximum sustainable yield in each of the first three periods.
However, it can be easily improved in the same kind of experiment with some evident modifications, for instance, one can choose a mirror material (coating) with higher density.
During the course of the follow-up experiment with chlordecone, mice were bled periodically, and the sera were tested for anti-dsDNA by ELISA.
Among them are Galileo's experiment with inclined planes that established a mathematical formula for accelerated motion, Isaac Newton's unraveling of the nature of light and color, and Thomas Young's two-slit experiment that revealed the wavelike character of light.
These characteristics are variables, things you might want to experiment with. For example, sweatbands, colors, thickness, and sizes.
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