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Discussion of "skeku'a"
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Comment #5: Re: na mulno mapti zo'oi lab noi glico
gleki (Sun Nov 23 06:57:54 2014)

durka42 wrote:
> Wuzzy wrote:
> > gleki wrote:
> > > lab = a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
> > >
> > > E.g. field lab.
> > >
> > > Thus stuzi might be better.
> >
> > Thanks for pointing that out, so I added “skestu”. But I think
> > “skeku'a” may also be an useful word, there’s just not a direct
> > translation to English for it. So I edited the definition and
> > disambiguated “laboratory” and “lab” in “room” and
> > “workplace”.
> I know (at least) three senses of the English "lab[oratory]":
> 1) a room or complex of rooms where science is actually done (chemicals
> are mixed, machines constructed, etc)
> 2) an office/room where one or more scientists work, maybe not doing the
> experiments but analyzing data, writing reports, etc
> 3) a general term for a group of scientists, not even referring to one
> place (e.g. a principal investigator may say "In my lab, we study laser
> waveguides", and refer to a group of scientists who may not work
> at the same place or time, but collaborate on experiments)
> (2) was the sense I needed when I came up with skeku'a but I think it
> covers both (1) and (2) (keeping in mind that kumfa1 could be plural,
> just a singular room). skestu seems to also cover (1) and (2). Neither
> of them cover (3). Are you thinking of skestu for a science-place
> is not a room (examples I can think of would be an archaeological dig,
> Jane Goodall observing animals)? I wouldn't call that a "lab", so I
> it's skestu that doesn't have a direct English translation.

WordNet 3.0

1. a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
2. a region resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities
for observation and practice and experimentation

American Heritage:
a. A room or building equipped for scientific experimentation or research.
b. An academic period devoted to work or study in such a place.
2. A place where drugs and chemicals are manufactured.
3. A place for practice, observation, or testing.

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