1. Trial, as a test or experiment. [Obs.]
She caused him to make experience
Upon wild beasts. --Spenser.
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. “Guided by other's experiences.”
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. --Coleridge.
When the consuls . . . came in . . . they knew soon by experience how slenderly guarded against danger the majesty of rulers is where force is wanting. --Holland.
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.
Ex·pe·ri·ence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Experienced p. pr. & vb. n. Experiencing ]
1. To make practical acquaintance with; to try personally; to prove by use or trial; to have trial of; to have the lot or fortune of; to have befall one; to be affected by; to feel; as, to experience pain or pleasure; to experience poverty; to experience a change of views.
The partial failure and disappointment which he had experienced in India. --Thirwall.
2. To exercise; to train by practice.
The youthful sailors thus with early care
Their arms experience, and for sea prepare. --Harte.
To experience religion Theol., to become a convert to the doctrines of Christianity; to yield to the power of religious truth.
n 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" [ant: inexperience]
2: the content of direct observation or participation in an
event; "he had a religious experience"; "he recalled the
3: an event as apprehended; "a surprising experience"; "that
painful experience certainly got our attention"
v 1: go or live through; "We had many trials to go through"; "he
saw action in Viet Nam" [syn: undergo, see, go
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" [syn: know, live]
3: of mental or physical states or experiences; "get an idea";
"experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "undergo a strange
sensation"; "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; "The
fluid undergoes shear"; "receive injuries"; "have a
feeling" [syn: receive, have, get, undergo]
4: undergo an emotional sensation; "She felt resentful"; "He
felt regret" [syn: feel]
5: undergo; "The stocks had a fast run-up" [syn: have]