From Middle French exploration, from Latin exploratio. Morphologically explore + -ation.
exploration (countable and uncountable, plural explorations)
- The process of exploring; the process of investigating or examining something systematically, or traveling somewhere in search of discovery.
- The process of penetrating, or ranging over for purposes of (especially geographical) discovery.
- The exploration of unknown areas was often the precursor to colonization.
- The (pre-)mining process of finding and determining commercially viable ore deposits (after prospecting), also called mineral exploration.
- (medicine) A physical examination of a patient.
- space exploration
- urban exploration
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