[ UK /ɛksplˈɔːɹətəɹˌi/ ]
[ US /ɪksˈpɫɔɹəˌtɔɹi/ ]
  1. serving in or intended for exploration or discovery
    an exploratory operation
    digging an exploratory well in the Gulf of Mexico
    exploratory talks between diplomats
    exploratory reconnaissance
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How To Use exploratory In A Sentence

  • But while he speaks of war-time heroes and exploratory pioneers, he forgets about another interesting lifetime.
  • Although no firm proposals have been lodged with the council, exploratory drilling has commenced and the company has made a survey.
  • From exploratory drilling through completion, it takes about a thousand truck trips to frack a shale oil well.
  • Like any exploratory survey, the scientists are finding they have more questions now than when they set out.
  • Bill was the first to see his shortcomings and acknowledge the exploratory and experimental character of his work.
  • -- In children the condition known as imperforate anus may sometimes be remedied by exploratory operations in the perineum, guided by the protrusion caused by the distended intestine. A Manual of the Operations of Surgery For the Use of Senior Students, House Surgeons, and Junior Practitioners
  • Exploratory work for the renovation has revealed, for the first time since it was covered over in the 1700s, the slipway or ‘staithe’ at the back of the quayside building in Grape Lane.
  • Exploratory laparotomy was performed, and a large soft tissue mass was found extending from the left side of the pelvis involving the rectum.
  • Q Joe, Howard Wolfson, who is the spokesman for Mrs. Clinton's exploratory committee, says, "she stands by her Saturday statement," which was that the FALN convicts '"absence of a response speaks volumes," and the commutation is a mistake. Press Briefing By Joe Lockhart
  • The album's real strengths lay in the exploratory solo songs, which blended old soul vocals, horns, guitars and super-tight drum chops into seamless concoctions that often had the feel of a real band.
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