proving ground


noun

any place, context, or area for testing something, as a piece of scientific equipment, a theory, etc.

Nearby words

  1. provincial police,
  2. provincialism,
  3. provincialist,
  4. provinciality,
  5. provincialize,
  6. provirus,
  7. provision,
  8. provisional,
  9. provisional wing of the irish republican army,
  10. provisioner

Origin of proving ground

First recorded in 1940–45

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proving ground

noun

a place or situation in which something new, such as equipment or a theory, can be tested
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