What is experience?

Experience is … a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue — Henry James

The apprehension of an object, thought, or emotion through the senses or mind: a child’s first experience of snow.

Active participation in events or activities, leading to the accumulation of knowledge or skill: a lesson taught by experience; a carpenter with experience in roof repair.

The knowledge or skill so derived.

An event or a series of events participated in or lived through. The totality of such events in the past of an individual or group.

To participate in personally; undergo: experience a great adventure; experienced loneliness.

To most men, experience is like the stern light of a ship, which illumines only the track it has passed — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

a particular incident, feeling, etc., that a person has undergone an experience to remember
accumulated knowledge, esp of practical matters a man of experience

Experience is like medicine; some persons require larger doses of it than others, and do not like to take it pure, but a little disguised and better adapted to taste — Lord Acton

the totality of characteristics, both past and present, that make up the particular quality of a person, place, or people
the impact made on an individual by the culture of a people, nation, etc. the American experience

Experience seems to be like the shining of a bright lantern. It suddenly makes clear in the mind what was already there, perhaps, but dim — Walter De La Mare

the content of a perception regarded as independent of whether the apparent object actually exists Compare sense datum
the faculty by which a person acquires knowledge of contingent facts about the world, as contrasted with reason
the totality of a person’s perceptions, feelings, and memories

to participate in or undergo
to be emotionally or aesthetically moved by; feel to experience beauty

A new element in her experience; like a chapter in a book — Henry Van Dyke

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