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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EXPLORING

This remained to be ascertained in exploring that river upwards.

With every stage of it Newbury was revealing himself; and exploring her.

For exploring into its darkness I found that of course it did have walls like any common building.

"Hul-lo," he cried, exploring to see whether the bathroom chair was dry.

Plainly if exploring of those upper rooms was to be done it must be done at once.

They started ahead, exploring, then sprang back with a cry of fright.

Madame Beattie was exploring a little box for a tablet, which she took composedly.

I spent a whole miserable Sunday in exploring this crumb of land.

Ever since daylight had been exploring the islands round his ship.

The odor that sickened and nauseated the exploring man was everywhere.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "to investigate, examine," a back-formation from exploration, or else from Middle French explorer (16c.), from Latin explorare "investigate, search out, examine, explore," said to be originally a hunters' term meaning "set up a loud cry," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + plorare "to cry."

But second element also explained as "to make to flow," from pluere "to flow." Meaning "to go to a country or place in quest of discoveries" is first attested 1610s. Related: Explored; exploring.

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