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test1

[test] /tɛst/
noun
1.
the means by which the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined; a means of trial.
2.
the trial of the quality of something:
to put to the test.
3.
a particular process or method for trying or assessing.
4.
a set of questions, problems, or the like, used as a means of evaluating the abilities, aptitudes, skills, or performance of an individual or group; examination.
5.
Psychology. a set of standardized questions, problems, or tasks designed to elicit responses for use in measuring the traits, capacities, or achievements of an individual.
6.
Chemistry.
  1. the process of identifying or detecting the presence of a constituent of a substance, or of determining the nature of a substance, commonly by the addition of a reagent.
  2. the reagent used.
  3. an indication or evidence of the presence of a constituent, or of the nature of a substance, obtained by such means.
7.
an oath or other confirmation of one's loyalty, religious beliefs, etc.
8.
British. a cupel for refining or assaying metals.
verb (used with object)
9.
to subject to a test of any kind; try.
10.
Chemistry. to subject to a chemical test.
11.
Metallurgy. to assay or refine in a cupel.
verb (used without object)
12.
to undergo a test or trial; try out.
13.
to perform on a test:
People test better in a relaxed environment.
14.
to conduct a test:
to test for diabetes.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English: cupel < Middle French < Latin testū, testum earthen pot; akin to test2
Related forms
testable, adjective
testability, noun
testingly, adverb
nontestable, adjective
nontesting, adjective
self-testing, adjective
untestable, adjective
untested, adjective
well-tested, adjective
Synonyms
1. proof, assay. See trial. 9. assay, prove, examine.

test2

[test] /tɛst/
noun
1.
Zoology. the hard, protective shell or covering of certain invertebrates, as echinoderms or tunicates.
2.
Botany, testa.
Origin
1535-45; < Latin testa tile, shell, covering; akin to test1

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  • The next time, build a fire as directed for cooking to test how the oven holds heat.
  • Or explore the wine sensory garden and vegetable test garden on your own.
  • test a few for ripeness by softening them in a paper bag and then tasting them.
  • We test all our baking recipes in both regular and convection ovens.
  • Spotting our stash of pots in a nearby corner of the test garden, he fills those too.
  • Before planting, test out possible outlines for your border with a rope or hose.
  • The test of posture had nothing to do with ergonomics.
  • Link payments to test results or graduation rates, the argument goes, and test scores should increase and drop-out rates decline.
British Dictionary definitions for test

test1

/tɛst/
verb
1.
to ascertain (the worth, capability, or endurance) of (a person or thing) by subjection to certain examinations; try
2.
(often foll by for) to carry out an examination on (a substance, material, or system) by applying some chemical or physical procedure designed to indicate the presence of a substance or the possession of a property: to test food for arsenic, to test for magnetization
3.
(intransitive) to achieve a specified result in a test: a quarter of the patients at the clinic tested positive for the AIDS virus
4.
(transitive) to put under severe strain: the long delay tested my patience
5.
test the water, to make an exploratory or initial approach; sound out
noun
6.
a method, practice, or examination designed to test a person or thing
7.
a series of questions or problems designed to test a specific skill or knowledge: an intelligence test
8.
a standard of judgment; criterion
9.
  1. a chemical reaction or physical procedure for testing a substance, material, etc
  2. a chemical reagent used in such a procedure: litmus is a test for acids
  3. the result of the procedure or the evidence gained from it: the test for alcohol was positive
10.
(sport) See test match
11.
(archaic) a declaration or confirmation of truth, loyalty, etc; oath
12.
(modifier) performed as a test: test drive, test flight
Derived Forms
testable, adjective
testability, noun
testing, adjective
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: vessel used in treating metals): from Latin testum earthen vessel

test2

/tɛst/
noun
1.
the hard or tough outer covering of certain invertebrates and tunicates
2.
a variant of testa
Word Origin
C19: from Latin testa shell
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Word Origin and History for test
n.

late 14c., "small vessel used in assaying precious metals," from Old French test, from Latin testum "earthen pot," related to testa "piece of burned clay, earthen pot, shell" (cf. Latin testudo "tortoise") and texere "to weave" (cf. Lithuanian tistas "vessel made of willow twigs;" see texture (n.)).

Sense of "trial or examination to determine the correctness of something" is recorded from 1590s. The connecting notion is "ascertaining the quality of a metal by melting it in a pot." Test Act was the name given to various laws in English history meant to exclude Catholics and Nonconformists from office, especially that of 1673, repealed 1828. Test drive (v.) is first recorded 1954.

v.

1748, "to examine the correctness of," from test (n.). Related: Tested; testing.

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test in Medicine

test (těst)
n.

  1. A procedure for critical evaluation; a means of determining the presence, quality, or truth of something; an examination, or experiment.

  2. A physical or chemical change by which a substance may be detected or its properties ascertained.

  3. A reagent used to cause or promote such a change.

v. test·ed, test·ing, tests
  1. To subject to a test; try.

  2. To determine the presence or properties of a substance.

  3. To administer a test.

  4. To exhibit a given characteristic when subjected to a test.

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test in Technology
testing
The process of exercising a product to identify differences between expected and actual behaviour. Typically testing is bottom-up: unit testing and integration testing by developers, system testing by testers, and user acceptance testing by users.
Test coverage attempts to assess how complete a test has been.
2. The second stage in a generate and test search algorithm.
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