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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. any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc; " the test was standardized on a large sample of students"
  15. determine the presence or properties of ( a substance)
  16. A cupel or cupelling hearth in which precious metals are melted for trial and refinement.
  17. Examination or trial by the cupel; hence, any critical examination or decisive trial; as, to put a man's assertions to a test.
  18. Means of trial; as, absence is a test of love.
  19. That with which anything is compared for proof of its genuineness; a touchstone; a standard.
  20. Discriminative characteristic; standard of judgment; ground of admission or exclusion.
  21. Judgment; distinction; discrimination.
  22. 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.
  23. To refine, as gold or silver, in a test, or cupel; to subject to cupellation.
  24. 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.
  25. A witness.
  26. To make a testament, or will.
  27. Alt. of Testa
  28. 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.
  29. To put to the proof; to try to find a particular substance in; as, to test rice for starch; to compare with a standard.
  30. Tester.
  31. 1. To try a substance, to prove, to determine the chemical nature of a substance by means of reagents, 2. A method of examination to determine the presence or absence of a definite disease, as the tuberculin test; or the presence or absence of some substance in any of the fluids or excretions of the body, as a test for albumin or sugar in the urine. 3. A substance used in making a test, a. reagent. 4. Testa. ( For tests not included in the following list, see under reaction and under the name of the inventor of the test.).
  32. Application of an agent for investigation purposes as to its value.
  33. 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.
  34. To put to proof: to examine critically.
  35. A vessel in which metals are assayed; any critical trial; standard; proof.
  36. To put to proof; try by a standard.
  37. To try by experiment; prove.
  38. To attest.
  39. An experiment to determine the true character of something.
  40. A trial.
  41. A criterion or standard.
  42. A shell.
  43. 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.
  44. To prove the truth or genuineness of by experiment; to try; to refine gold or silver by certain processes.
  45. To attest and date.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. The shell or hardened outer covering of Crustaceans and other invertebrates.
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Usage examples for test

  1. " Well, put it to the test," urged Jimsy. – The Girl Aviators' Motor Butterfly by Margaret Burnham
  2. 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
  3. When will she be ready to test out? – Around the World in Ten Days by Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  4. The test was very great. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  5. " Put my knowledge to the test, sir," rejoined Lambert. – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy
  6. 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)
  7. 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
  8. So he'd made a test. – Long Ago, Far Away by William Fitzgerald Jenkins AKA Murray Leinster
  9. There were two more test operations, both successful. – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  10. 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
  11. Perhaps they looked on it as a sort of test. – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  12. God intended more by it than to test faith. – The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews by Thomas Charles Edwards
  13. 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
  14. And what is the test? – Early Plays Catiline, The Warrior's Barrow, Olaf Liljekrans by Henrik Ibsen
  15. In every case, we shall find that we come back to the same test. – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  16. This is the test of us! – Tommy and Grizel by J.M. Barrie
  17. I don't want to preach, but I want to test things for myself. – None Other Gods by Robert Hugh Benson
  18. To pass a test is one thing. – Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  19. 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
  20. 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
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