- the examination before a judicial tribunal of the facts put in issue in a cause, often including issues of law as well as those of fact.
- the determination of a person's guilt or innocence by due process of law.
- the act of trying, testing, or putting to the proof.
- test; proof.
- an attempt or effort to do something.
- a tentative or experimental action in order to ascertain results; experiment.
- the state or position of a person or thing being tried or tested; probation.
- subjection to suffering or grievous experiences; a distressed or painful state: comfort in the hour of trial.
- an affliction or trouble.
- a trying, distressing, or annoying thing or person.
- Ceramics. a piece of ceramic material used to try the heat of a kiln and the progress of the firing of its contents.
- of, relating to, or employed in a trial.
- done or made by way of trial, proof, or experiment.
- used in testing, experimenting, etc.
- acting or serving as a sample, experimental specimen, etc.: a trial offer.
- on trial,
- undergoing examination before a judicial tribunal.
- undergoing a probationary or trial period.
Origin of trial
SynonymsSee more synonyms for trial on Thesaurus.com
- (German Der Prozess), a novel (1925) by Franz Kafka.
Examples from the Web for trial
Meanwhile, almost exactly 30 years after the trial, the judge left his home to board a steamboat and was never heard from again.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
Seventy-two adults between the ages of 18 and 50 are participating in the trial, led by the pediatrics department at Oxford.
The next phase of the trial consists of vaccinating Ebola workers on the front lines.
They added that the shutdown was temporary and they plan to resume the trial in January.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
December 19, 2014
Just a month from that date, he now no longer believes that to be realistic, and will no longer estimate a timeline for the trial.Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start
December 17, 2014
This is the hope that beckons us onward in this century of trial.
And then, when the cover was removed, came the time of trial to your correspondent.
We would advise all who are about to begin the study of languages to give it a trial.
It is true that he hath not come to trial, but the trial hath come to him.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
You see, Burke, you couldn't in a trial even repeat what he told you.Within the Law
- the act or an instance of trying or proving; test or experiment
- (as modifier)a trial run
- the judicial examination of the issues in a civil or criminal cause by a competent tribunal and the determination of these issues in accordance with the law of the land
- the determination of an accused person's guilt or innocence after hearing evidence for the prosecution and for the accused and the judicial examination of the issues involved
- (as modifier)trial proceedings
- an effort or attempt to do somethingwe had three trials at the climb
- trouble or grief
- an annoying or frustrating person or thing
- (often plural) a competition for individualssheepdog trials
- a motorcycling competition in which the skills of the riders are tested over rough ground
- ceramics a piece of sample material used for testing the heat of a kiln and its effects
- on trial
- undergoing trial, esp before a court of law
- being tested, as before a commitment to purchase
- (tr) to test or make experimental use of (something)the idea has been trialled in several schools
- a grammatical number occurring in some languages for words in contexts where exactly three of their referents are described or referred to
- (modifier) relating to or inflected for this number
Word Origin and History for trial
mid-15c., "act or process of testing," from Anglo-French trial, noun formed from triet "to try" (see try). Sense of "examining and deciding a case in a court of law" is first recorded 1570s; extended to any ordeal by 1590s. As an adjectival phrase, trial-and-error is recorded from 1806. Trial balloon (1939) is congnate of French ballon d'essai.