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field trial

a competition among sporting dogs under natural conditions in the field, in which the animals are judged on the basis of excellence of performance in hunting.
a trial of a new product or procedure to determine its efficiency or usefulness in actual performance.
Origin of field trial
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He must be prepared for the thrilling life of the field-trial dog.

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • He told them stories of historic events in the field-trial game, and then sent them to bed.

    The Dogs of Boytown Walter A. Dyer
British Dictionary definitions for field-trial

field trial

(hunting) a test of or contest between gun dogs to determine their proficiency and standard of training in retrieving or pointing
(often pl) a test to display performance, efficiency, or durability, as of a vehicle or invention
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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