Definitions of trial

  1. the act of undergoing testing; " he survived the great test of battle"; " candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
  2. trying something to find out about it; " a sample for ten days free trial"; " a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
  3. ( sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications; " the trials for the semifinals began yesterday"
  4. ( law) legal proceedings consisting of the judicial examination of issues by a competent tribunal; " most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"
  5. The act of trying or testing in any manner.
  6. Any effort or exertion of strength for the purpose of ascertaining what can be done or effected.
  7. The act of testing by experience; proof; test.
  8. Examination by a test; experiment, as in chemistry, metallurgy, etc.
  9. The state of being tried or tempted; exposure to suffering that tests strength, patience, faith, or the like; affliction or temptation that exercises and proves the graces or virtues of men.
  10. That which tries or afflicts; that which harasses; that which tries the character or principles; that which tempts to evil; as, his child's conduct was a sore trial.
  11. The act of testing or proving; state of being tested; an attempt or endeavor; an experiment; an examination by test or experience; hardship; suffering or temptation; a judicial examination; as, a trial in court.
  12. A trying: the act of trying: examination by a test: the state of being tried: suffering: temptation: judicial examination: attempt.
  13. Act of trying; test; judicial investigation; suffering; attempt.
  14. The act of trying, or the state of being tried; judicial examination.
  15. Affliction; hardship.
  16. Any effort or exertion of strength for the purpose of ascertaining its effect; examination by a test; experiment; experience; suffering that tests virtue; temptation; the state of being tried; the judicial examination of a cause between parties, Trial at bar, a species of trial in difficult cases, which takes place before all the judges at the bar of the court. See Try.
  17. Any effort or exercise to ascertain what can be done; an attempt; an endeavour; examination by test or experiment; experience; any suffering or temptation that puts strength or virtue to the test; affiction; the formal examination before a judge by means of witnesses in a court of law, as to whether certain alleged facts or charges are true or untrue.
  18. The formal examination of the matter in issue in a cause before a competent tribunal; the mode of determining a question of fact in a court of law; the examination, in legal form, of the facts in issue in a cause pending before a competent tribunal, for the purpose of determining such issue.