- a person or thing that tests.
Origin of tester1
- a canopy, as over a bed or altar.
Origin of tester2
- the teston of Henry VIII.
Origin of tester3
Examples from the Web for tester
Tester said he wanted more infrastructure spending and fewer tax breaks in the package.Obama Loses Big on Jobs Bill
October 12, 2011
Tester loops a set of chains around the Ford Fusion's rear wheels.
But when Tester bends down to remove the chains, he can't quite get them loose.
Now Tester—and his red Case tractor—are trying to pull him out.
Tester is not the most powerful senator in Washington, and he's far from the most polished.
Mr. Tester was away as he might be away if they were already married.
Mr. Tester looked at me a moment, as if he were too vexed to trust himself to speak.
But this was too odious a chance, and I accepted Mr. Tester's assurance.
"Well, she likes me awfully," Mr. Tester said, looking like a handsome child.
"You know I am not sure that the Stoics is the right audience for a play like this," said Tester.The Loom of Youth
- a person or thing that tests or is used for testing
- (in furniture) a canopy, esp the canopy over a four-poster bed
- another name for teston (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for tester
"one who tests," 1660s, agent noun from test (v.).
"canopy over a bed," late 14c., from Medieval Latin testerium, from testera "head stall," from Late Latin testa (capitis) "skull," from Latin, literally "earthenware, pot." The "head" sense (originally merely humorous) is the source of tester in obsolete senses of "piece of armor for the head" (late 14c.) and "coin of Henry VIII" (1546), the first English coin to bear a true portrait. For sense development, cf. Old English cuppe "cup" from source of German kopf "head."