laboratory[lab′rə tôr′ē; occas. lab′ər ə tôr′ē; Brit lə bôr′ə tər ē]
College students performing an experiment in a laboratory.
A room in a university where science experiments are performed is an example of a laboratory.
- a room, building, etc. for scientific experimentation or research
- a place for preparing chemicals, drugs, etc.
- ☆ a place where theories, techniques, and methods, as in education or social studies, are tested, analyzed, demonstrated, etc.
- a room, often containing special equipment and materials, in which students work to enhance skills, remedy deficiencies, etc. in a particular subject, as a foreign language
- a class period during which students perform experiments or work in a laboratory
Origin of laboratoryMedieval Latin laboratorium ; from Classical Latin laborare: see labor,
- a. A room or building equipped for scientific experimentation or research.b. An academic period devoted to work or study in such a place.
- A place where drugs and chemicals are manufactured.
- A place for practice, observation, or testing.
Origin of laboratoryMedieval Latin labōrātōrium, from Latin labōrāre, to labor, from labor, labor.
From Medieval Latin laboratorium