- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of test1
Synonyms for test
Origin of test2
Examples from the Web for test
Contemporary Examples of test
If it was the United States, the operation will test the bounds of international law.Cyberwar on North Korea Could Be Illegal
December 23, 2014
It took the entire day, but the slow pace indicated that it was probably a test to gauge public reaction.The Monuments Men of Occupy Hong Kong
December 4, 2014
Still other media sources are reporting that the DNA test is awaiting results.The ISIS Wife Swap Mystery
December 3, 2014
It should be noted that LA tap water, rather than NYC's famed brand, was chosen for the test.The Bottled Water Taste Test
The Daily Beast Video
December 1, 2014
The 2014 midterms were a test flight for the CounterPAC model.How to Fight Corruption With Game Theory
November 29, 2014
Historical Examples of test
If this be the test, I am willing to be tried with Hipparete at the court of the Muses.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
You have never been put to a test till now, that deserved to be called a test.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
They will test our courage, our devotion to duty, and our concept of liberty.
It is a test of our courage—of our resolve—of our wisdom—our essential democracy.
Some have unwisely chosen to test America's resolve, and have found it firm.
- a chemical reaction or physical procedure for testing a substance, material, etc
- a chemical reagent used in such a procedurelitmus is a test for acids
- the result of the procedure or the evidence gained from itthe test for alcohol was positive
Word Origin for test
Word Origin for test
late 14c., "small vessel used in assaying precious metals," from Old French test, from Latin testum "earthen pot," related to testa "piece of burned clay, earthen pot, shell" (cf. Latin testudo "tortoise") and texere "to weave" (cf. Lithuanian tistas "vessel made of willow twigs;" see texture (n.)).
Sense of "trial or examination to determine the correctness of something" is recorded from 1590s. The connecting notion is "ascertaining the quality of a metal by melting it in a pot." Test Act was the name given to various laws in English history meant to exclude Catholics and Nonconformists from office, especially that of 1673, repealed 1828. Test drive (v.) is first recorded 1954.
1748, "to examine the correctness of," from test (n.). Related: Tested; testing.
see acid test; put to the test.