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Dictionary Definition

explorer n : someone who travels into little known regions (especially for some scientific purpose) [syn: adventurer]

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English

Etymology

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Noun

  1. A person who by means of travel searches out new information.

Translations

a person

French

Verb

explorer

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Extensive Definition

Exploration is the act of searching or traveling for the purpose of discovery, e.g. of unknown people, including space (space exploration), for oil, gas, coal, ores, caves, water (Mineral exploration or prospecting), or information.
Although exploration has existed as long as human beings, its peak is seen as being during the Age of Discovery when European navigators travelled around the world discovering new lands and cultures.

Other uses

The term may also be used metaphorically, for example persons may speak of exploring the internet, sexuality, etc.
In scientific research, exploration is one of three purposes of research (the other two being description and explanation). Exploration is the attempt to develop an initial, rough understanding of some phenomenon.

Notable explorers

Exploration by area

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explorer in Arabic: استكشاف
explorer in Breton: Ergerzhadeg
explorer in Danish: Opdagelsesrejse
explorer in German: Exploration
explorer in Spanish: Exploración
explorer in Esperanto: Esplorado
explorer in French: Exploration
explorer in Croatian: Popis istraživača
explorer in Italian: Esploratori
explorer in Hebrew: מגלה ארצות
explorer in Dutch: Ontdekkingsreizen
explorer in Japanese: 探検
explorer in Portuguese: Exploração
explorer in Albanian: Eksplorimi
explorer in Finnish: Tutkimusmatkailija
explorer in Swedish: Upptäcktsresa
explorer in Vietnamese: Thám hiểm
explorer in Yiddish: עקספלאראציע
explorer in Chinese: 探险家

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