verb (used with object)
  1. to test (an automotive vehicle) under normal operating conditions on the road, as by a potential purchaser.

road test

  1. a check of an automobile's performance in actual operation on the road.
  2. an examination of a person's driving skill, conducted in normal traffic, especially as a requirement for an automobile driver's license.

Origin of road test

First recorded in 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for road-test

road test

  1. a test to ensure that a vehicle is roadworthy, esp after repair or servicing, by driving it on roads
  2. a test of something in actual use
verb road-test (tr)
  1. to test (a vehicle) in this way
  2. to test (something) in a real and appropriate context
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