the means by which the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined; a means of trial.
the trial of the quality of something: to put to the test.
a particular process or method for trying or assessing.
a set of questions, problems, or the like, used as a means of evaluating the abilities, aptitudes, skills, or performance of an individual or group; examination.
Psychology. a set of standardized questions, problems, or tasks designed to elicit responses for use in measuring the traits, capacities, or achievements of an individual.
the process of identifying or detecting the presence of a constituent of a substance, or of determining the nature of a substance, commonly by the addition of a reagent.
the reagent used.
an indication or evidence of the presence of a constituent, or of the nature of a substance, obtained by such means.
an oath or other confirmation of one's loyalty, religious beliefs, etc.
British. a cupel for refining or assaying metals.
to subject to a test of any kind; try.
Chemistry. to subject to a chemical test.
Metallurgy. to assay or refine in a cupel.
to undergo a test or trial; try out.
to perform on a test: People test better in a relaxed environment.
to conduct a test: to test for diabetes.
- test·a·ble, adjective
- test·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- test·ing·ly, adverb
- non·test·a·ble, adjective
- non·test·ing, adjective
- self-testing, adjective
- un·test·a·ble, adjective
- un·test·ed, adjective
- well-tested, adjective
Other definitions for test (2 of 4)
Zoology. the hard, protective shell or covering of certain invertebrates, as echinoderms or tunicates.
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How to use test in a sentence
Notebooks can stand the test of time, and will be there for you when WiFi isn’t.
In France, for example, 4 percent of tests performed on people age 60 and older are now positive — a doubling from two weeks ago.
Lots of websites online will let you plug your data in to run these tests for free.
Hindenburg’s report includes a test confirming that the section of road shown in the video could accelerate a coasting vehicle to highway speeds, along with text messages from a former Nikola employee appearing to confirm the tactics.Nikola, which went public via a SPAC, is accused of deception | Lucinda Shen | September 11, 2020 | Fortune
We repeated two different tests and every one of those individuals had a negative follow-up test.Why Can’t Schools Get What the N.F.L. Has? (Ep. 431) | Stephen J. Dubner | September 10, 2020 | Freakonomics
The gentleman was listed as Orthodox and kosher, which is way too religious for my friend whose JSwipe account I was test-driving.
Apparently, the company “failed to properly test its systems.”
If it was the United States, the operation will test the bounds of international law.
One chemical test involves measuring the relative amount of deuterium in water.
Whether it was actual ignorance, senility, or some obscure test, it's hard to know.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For this use of the voice in the special service of will-power, or propelling force, it is necessary first to test its freedom.Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The most promising of the methods which have been devised are cryoscopy, the methylene-blue test, and the phloridzin test.
The phloridzin test consists in the hypodermic injection of a small quantity of phloridzin.
Should the vapor not condense well, the test-tube may be immersed in a glass of cold water.
It is at best an empirical test and must be interpreted in the light of clinical symptoms.
British Dictionary definitions for test (1 of 2)
to ascertain (the worth, capability, or endurance) of (a person or thing) by subjection to certain examinations; try
(often foll by for) to carry out an examination on (a substance, material, or system) by applying some chemical or physical procedure designed to indicate the presence of a substance or the possession of a property: to test food for arsenic; to test for magnetization
(intr) to achieve a specified result in a test: a quarter of the patients at the clinic tested positive for the AIDS virus
(tr) to put under severe strain: the long delay tested my patience
test the water to make an exploratory or initial approach; sound out
a method, practice, or examination designed to test a person or thing
a series of questions or problems designed to test a specific skill or knowledge: an intelligence test
a standard of judgment; criterion
a chemical reaction or physical procedure for testing a substance, material, etc
a chemical reagent used in such a procedure: litmus is a test for acids
the result of the procedure or the evidence gained from it: the test for alcohol was positive
sport See test match
archaic a declaration or confirmation of truth, loyalty, etc; oath
(modifier) performed as a test: test drive; test flight
- testable, adjective
- testability, noun
- testing, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for test (2 of 2)
the hard or tough outer covering of certain invertebrates and tunicates
a variant of testa
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Other Idioms and Phrases with test
see acid test; put to the test.
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