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Definitions of test

  1. an assay conducted for diagnostic purposes
  2. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; " This approach has been tried with good results"; " Test this recipe"
  3. of the nature of or undergoing an experiment; " an experimental drug"; " a pilot project"; " a test run"; " a trial separation"
  4. any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude etc; " the test was standardized on a large sample of students"
  5. examine someone's knowledge of something; " The teacher tests us every week"; " We got quizzed on French irregular verbs"
  6. the act of testing something; " in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; " he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
  7. test or examine for the presence of disease or infection; " screen the blood for the HIV virus"
  8. show a certain characteristic when tested; " He tested positive for HIV"
  9. the act of undergoing testing; " he survived the great test of battle"; " candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
  10. a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins
  11. trying something to find out about it; " a sample for ten days free trial"; " a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
  12. undergo a test; " She doesn't test well"
  13. achieve a certain score or rating on a test; " She tested high on the LSAT and was admitted to all the good law schools"
  14. determine the presence or properties of ( a substance)
  15. A cupel or cupelling hearth in which precious metals are melted for trial and refinement.
  16. Examination or trial by the cupel; hence, any critical examination or decisive trial; as, to put a man's assertions to a test.
  17. Means of trial; as, absence is a test of love.
  18. That with which anything is compared for proof of its genuineness; a touchstone; a standard.
  19. Discriminative characteristic; standard of judgment; ground of admission or exclusion.
  20. Judgment; distinction; discrimination.
  21. A reaction employed to recognize or distinguish any particular substance or constituent of a compound, as the production of some characteristic precipitate; also, the reagent employed to produce such reaction; thus, the ordinary test for sulphuric acid is the production of a white insoluble precipitate of barium sulphate by means of some soluble barium salt.
  22. To refine, as gold or silver, in a test, or cupel; to subject to cupellation.
  23. To put to the proof; to prove the truth, genuineness, or quality of by experiment, or by some principle or standard; to try; as, to test the soundness of a principle; to test the validity of an argument.
  24. To make a testament, or will.
  25. Alt. of Testa
  26. Proof; a close examination or a decisive trial; as, he stood the test; means of proving strength or worth; in chemistry, an experiment for discovering the presence of any substance in a compound.
  27. To put to the proof; to try to find a particular substance in; as, to test rice for starch; to compare with a standard.
  28. Tester.
  29. A pot in which metals are tried and refined: any critical trial: means of trial: ( chem.) anything used to distinguish substances or detect their presence, a reagent: standard: proof: distinction.
  30. To put to proof: to examine critically.
  31. A vessel in which metals are assayed; any critical trial; standard; proof.
  32. To put to proof; try by a standard.
  33. To try by experiment; prove.
  34. To attest.
  35. An experiment to determine the true character of something.
  36. A trial.
  37. A criterion or standard.
  38. A shell.
  39. A large cupel, or a vessel in which metals are melted for trial and refinement; examination by the cupel; any critical trial and examination; trial; means of trial; a standard; judgment; distinction; a substance employed to detect any unknown constituent of a compound.
  40. To prove the truth or genuineness of by experiment; to try; to refine gold or silver by certain processes.
  41. To attest and date.
  42. The vessel in which a metal is tried; any critical trial or examination; anything used to distinguish substances, or to detect their presence; standard; criterion; proof.
  43. To bring to a trial and examination; to compare with a standard; to prove by experiment; to put to the proof; to refine, as gold or silver, by means of the test.
  44. An oath which military and civil officers were obliged to take against Popery under the celebrated Test Act, repealed in 1828; an oath or affirmation generally.
  45. The shell or hardened outer covering of Crustaceans and other invertebrates.

Usage examples for test

  1. If I wished to test a man's taste and knowledge in the art of painting I would take him to the English Art Club and listen for one or two minutes to what he had got to say. – Modern Painting by George Moore
  2. There were two more test operations, both successful. – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  3. They were to test and try him, as they had tested and tried many others before him. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  4. God intended more by it than to test faith. – The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews by Thomas Charles Edwards
  5. " Put my knowledge to the test, sir," rejoined Lambert. – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy
  6. I don't want to preach, but I want to test things for myself. – None Other Gods by Robert Hugh Benson
  7. Perhaps they looked on it as a sort of test. – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  8. And what is the test? – Early Plays Catiline, The Warrior's Barrow, Olaf Liljekrans by Henrik Ibsen
  9. This is the test of us! – Tommy and Grizel by J.M. Barrie
  10. In every case, we shall find that we come back to the same test. – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  11. It was evidently a test case with Alicia, and one glance at her determined face convinced Dolly, that she would never be forgiven if she failed to do this thing. – Two Little Women on a Holiday by Carolyn Wells
  12. The test was very great. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  13. The best test of whether your love for an outside person is of the right kind, is, does it make you pleasanter at home? – Stray Thoughts for Girls by Lucy H. M. Soulsby
  14. He had first taught this duty; He would make it the test of all duty at the last day. – Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III. by John Symonds
  15. Soon it would be time to test that theory- but the time had not yet come. – The Penal Cluster by Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  16. Habit with him was all the test of truth, 'It must be right: I've done it from my youth. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  17. When will she be ready to test out? – Around the World in Ten Days by Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  18. To pass a test is one thing. – Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  19. " Well, put it to the test," urged Jimsy. – The Girl Aviators' Motor Butterfly by Margaret Burnham
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