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road test

noun
1.
a check of an automobile's performance in actual operation on the road.
2.
an examination of a person's driving skill, conducted in normal traffic, especially as a requirement for an automobile driver's license.
Origin of road test
1905-1910
1905-10

road-test

[rohd-test] /ˈroʊdˌtɛst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to test (an automotive vehicle) under normal operating conditions on the road, as by a potential purchaser.
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  • I had my road test about half an hour later, in a rented car, and the examiner said I did very well.

    Exile from Space Judith Merril
  • The biggest single stroke of luck I had at any time came during that road test.

    Exile from Space Judith Merril
  • He did tell me where I could rent a car to take my road test, though, and where to apply for the test.

    Exile from Space Judith Merril
British Dictionary definitions for road test

road test

noun
1.
a test to ensure that a vehicle is roadworthy, esp after repair or servicing, by driving it on roads
2.
a test of something in actual use
verb (transitive)
3.
to test (a vehicle) in this way
4.
to test (something) in a real and appropriate context
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