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Definitions of trial

  1. of the nature of or undergoing an experiment; " an experimental drug"; " a pilot project"; " a test run"; " a trial separation"
  2. 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"
  3. the act of undergoing testing; " he survived the great test of battle"; " candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
  4. trying something to find out about it; " a sample for ten days free trial"; " a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
  5. ( sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications; " the trials for the semifinals began yesterday"
  6. ( 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"
  7. an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event; " his mother- in- law's visits were a great trial for him"; " life is full of tribulations"; " a visitation of the plague"
  8. The act of trying or testing in any manner.
  9. Any effort or exertion of strength for the purpose of ascertaining what can be done or effected.
  10. The act of testing by experience; proof; test.
  11. Examination by a test; experiment, as in chemistry, metallurgy, etc.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. A trying: the act of trying: examination by a test: the state of being tried: suffering: temptation: judicial examination: attempt.
  17. Act of trying; test; judicial investigation; suffering; attempt.
  18. The act of trying, or the state of being tried; judicial examination.
  19. Affliction; hardship.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.

Usage examples for trial

  1. His trial was a form. – The Theory of Social Revolutions by Brooks Adams
  2. At least, she must make the trial.... – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  3. Jack saw the trial and was puzzled. – The Second String by Nat Gould
  4. There had been already one trial of strength with him which had not been entirely successful. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  5. I have tried- my trial is made too! – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  6. His trial comes up next week. – A Fool and His Money by George Barr McCutcheon
  7. But the trial was naturally a mere form. – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  8. At any rate it's worth a trial. – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  9. Thus ended the great trial. – Archibald Malmaison by Julian Hawthorne
  10. And the longer a trial is about and the greater the interest, the more chance a man has to escape. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  11. Now that it was put to the trial, she found that she had no power, even over her own daughter. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  12. 137; trial of i. – Walks in Rome by Augustus J.C. Hare
  13. But you've made a fair trial and it's of no use. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  14. And no man shall say me nay, if I will that this stranger make trial of it. – The Story Of The Odyssey by The Rev. Alfred J. Church
  15. What, did you intend to leave him alone in the hardest trial of his life? – The Children of the World by Paul Heyse
  16. And then came the trial! – Pamela Giraud by Honore de Balzac
  17. Then there will be another trial. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  18. He was now working on trial for a week, but whether giving satisfaction or no they did not learn. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  19. Now we shall learn what Hellgum meant when he wrote in his last letter that a great trial of our faith was before us. – Jerusalem by Selma Lagerlöf
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