to try using various ideas, methods etc to find out how good or effective they are
He experimented with lighter-than-air flight.
The teacher provided some different materials and left the children to experiment.
to do a scientific test to find out if a particular idea is true or to obtain more information
I would defend the right of scientists to experiment on animals.
to try doing something to find out what it feels like, for example having sex or using illegal drugs
She admitted she had experimented with cocaine.
—experimenter noun [countable]