Definition of laboratory noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ləˈbɒrətri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæbrətɔːri//
(pl. laboratories) (informal lab) In school, Experiments and research
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a room or building used for scientific research, experiments, testing, etc. a research laboratory laboratory experiments/tests to send a specimen to the laboratory for analysis Wordfinderanalysis, evaluate, evidence, experiment, hypothesis, laboratory, research, result, science, study see also language laboratory See related entries: In school, Experiments and research Word Originearly 17th cent.: from medieval Latin laboratorium, from Latin laborare ‘to labour’.Extra examples He runs his own research laboratory. She has donated money to establish a pharmaceutical laboratory. The athletes’ reflexes were tested under laboratory conditions. The effects of weathering can be simulated in the laboratory. They work in a laboratory studying growth patterns. laboratory tests on animals simulated driving in a laboratory setting
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