Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The apprehension of an object, thought, or emotion through the senses or mind: a child's first experience of snow.
  • n. Active participation in events or activities, leading to the accumulation of knowledge or skill: a lesson taught by experience; a carpenter with experience in roof repair.
  • n. The knowledge or skill so derived.
  • n. An event or a series of events participated in or lived through.
  • n. The totality of such events in the past of an individual or group.
  • transitive v. To participate in personally; undergo: experience a great adventure; experienced loneliness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Event(s) of which one is cognizant.
  • n. Activity which one has performed.
  • n. Collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills.
  • n. The knowledge thus gathered.
  • v. : To observe certain events; undergo a certain feeling or process; or perform certain actions that may alter one or contribute to one's knowledge, opinions, or skills.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Trial, as a test or experiment.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. 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
  • transitive v. To exercise; to train by practice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or fact of having made trial or proof, or of having acquired knowledge, wisdom, skill, etc., by actual trial or observation; also, the knowledge so acquired; personal and practical acquaintance with anything; experimental cognition or perception: as, he knows what suffering is by long experience; experience teaches even fools.
  • n. In philosophy, knowledge acquired through external or internal perception; also, the totality of the cognitions given by perception, taken in their connection; all that is perceived, understood, and remembered.
  • n. Specifically That which has been learned, suffered, or done, considered as productive of practical judgment and skill; the sum of practical wisdom taught by all the events, vicissitudes, and observations of one's life, or by any particular class or division of them.
  • n. An individual or particular instance of trial or observation.
  • n. An experiment.
  • n. A fixed mental impression or emotion; specifically, a guiding or controlling religious feeling, as at the time of conversion or resulting from subsequent influences.
  • n. Synonyms Experience, Experiment, Observation. Experience is strictly that which befalls a man, or which he goes through, while experiment is that which one actively undertakes. Observation is looking on, without necessarily having any connection with the matter: it is one thing to know of a man's goodness or of the horrors of war by observation, and quite another to know of it or them by experience. To know of a man's goodness by experiment would be to have put it to actual and intentional test. Bee practice.
  • To learn by practical trial or proof; try or prove by use, by suffering, or by enjoyment; have happen to or befall one; acquire a perception of; undergo: as, we all experience pain, sorrow, and pleasure; we experience good and evil; we often experience a change of sentiments and views, or pleasurable or painful sensations.
  • To practise or drill; exercise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. undergo
  • v. go or live through
  • v. undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  • v. have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations
  • v. go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
  • n. the accumulation of knowledge or skill that results from direct participation in events or activities
  • n. an event as apprehended
  • n. the content of direct observation or participation in an event

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin experientia, from experiēns, experient-, present participle of experīrī, to try.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin experientia ("a trial, proof, experiment, experimental knowledge, experience"), from experiens, present participle of experiri ("to try, put to the test, undertake, undergo"), from ex ("out") + *periri ("to go through"), in past participle peritus ("experienced, expert"); see expert and peril. (Wiktionary)

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  • Experience

    June 19, 2009

  • *things that we have gained through doing something
    *events or activities that affect someone in some way

    May 14, 2009

  • I am experiencing all of you experiencing me experiencing all of you.

    May 14, 2009

  • what to do until now

    May 14, 2009

  • Erfahrung

    to need experience
    previous experience

    May 14, 2009

  • 'Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn- my God, do you learn.' -C.S. Lewis

    February 19, 2008