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LABORATORY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does laboratory mean? 

LABORATORY (noun)
  The noun LABORATORY has 2 senses:

1. a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
2. a region resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation and practice and experimentation

  Familiarity information: LABORATORY used as a noun is rare.


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LABORATORY (noun)


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Meaning:

A workplace for the conduct of scientific research

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

lab; laboratory; research lab; research laboratory; science lab; science laboratory

Hypernyms ("laboratory" is a kind of...):

work; workplace (a place where work is done)

Meronyms (parts of "laboratory"):

lab bench; laboratory bench (a workbench in a laboratory)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "laboratory"):

bio lab; biology lab; biology laboratory (a laboratory for biological research)

chem lab; chemistry lab; chemistry laboratory (a laboratory for research in chemistry)

defense laboratory (a laboratory devoted to research and development for national defense)

physics lab; physics laboratory (a laboratory for research in physics)


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Meaning:

A region resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation and practice and experimentation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

testing ground; laboratory

Context examples:

the new nation is a testing ground for socioeconomic theories / Pakistan is a laboratory for studying the use of American troops to combat terrorism

Hypernyms ("laboratory" is a kind of...):

region (a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth)


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