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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of test

1
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English: test(e), tast(e) “crucible; cupel,” from Old French “test, teste,” Latin testū, testum “earthenware pot”; akin to test2

synonym study for test

1. See trial.

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Other definitions for test (2 of 4)

test2
[ test ]
/ tɛst /

noun
Zoology. the hard, protective shell or covering of certain invertebrates, as echinoderms or tunicates.
Botany. testa.

Origin of test

2
First recorded in 1840–45; from Latin testa “tile, shell, covering”; akin to test1

Other definitions for test (3 of 4)

test.

abbreviation
testator.
testimony.

Other definitions for test (4 of 4)

Test.

abbreviation
Testament.
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British Dictionary definitions for test (1 of 2)

test1
/ (tɛst) /

verb
noun

Derived forms of test

testable, adjectivetestability, nountesting, adjective

Word Origin for test

C14 (in the sense: vessel used in treating metals): from Latin testum earthen vessel

British Dictionary definitions for test (2 of 2)

test2
/ (tɛst) /

noun
the hard or tough outer covering of certain invertebrates and tunicates
a variant of testa

Word Origin for test

C19: from Latin testa shell
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Medical definitions for test

test
[ tĕst ]

n.
A procedure for critical evaluation; a means of determining the presence, quality, or truth of something; an examination, or experiment.
A physical or chemical change by which a substance may be detected or its properties ascertained.
A reagent used to cause or promote such a change.
v.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with test

test

see acid test; put to the test.

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