- 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.
- undergoing examination before a judicial tribunal.
- undergoing a probationary or trial period.
Definition for trial (2 of 2)
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|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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.
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|Tim Mak|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But during this time, I had to undergo a trial, for which I was entirely unprepared.The Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave|William Wells Brown
The Coxeyites had been in camp a fortnight when their trial began.The Cup of Trembling and Other Stories|Mary Hallock Foote
My son, my son, do not trifle with us in this our hour of trial.
Whatever doubt exists in verse 12 about trial or temptation vanishes in verse 13.Studies in the Epistle of James|A. T. Robertson
Yet persons who by melancholy are cast into diseased fears and scrupulosities, are uncapable of this way of trial.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)|Richard Baxter
British Dictionary definitions for trial (1 of 2)
- 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
- undergoing trial, esp before a court of law
- being tested, as before a commitment to purchase
verb trials, trialling or trialled
Word Origin for trial
British Dictionary definitions for trial (2 of 2)
Word Origin for trial
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.
Idioms and Phrases with trial
In addition to the idioms beginning with trial
- trial and error
- trial balloon
- trial by fire
- trials and tribulations
- on trial