Testers

tester

1 [tes-ter]
noun
a person or thing that tests.

Origin:
1655–65; test1 + -er1

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tester

2 [tes-ter, tees-]
noun
a canopy, as over a bed or altar.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin testrum canopy of a bed; akin to Latin testa covering. See test2

tester

3 [tes-ter]
noun
the teston of Henry VIII.

Origin:
1540–50; earlier testorn, variant of teston, with -r- from Middle French testart teston

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tester1 (ˈtɛstə)
 
n
a person or thing that tests or is used for testing

tester2 (ˈtɛstə)
 
n
(in furniture) a canopy, esp the canopy over a four-poster bed
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin testerium, from Late Latin testa a skull, from Latin: shell]

tester3 (ˈtɛstə)
 
n
another name for teston

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tester
"one who tests," 1661, from test.

tester
"canopy over a bed," late 14c., from M.L. testerium, from testera "head stall," from L.L. testa (capitis) "skull," from L., lit. "earthenware, pot." The "head" sense (originally merely humorous) is the source of tester in obs. senses of "piece of armor for the head" (late 14c.) and "coin of Henry VIII"
(1546), the first Eng. coin to bear a true portrait. For sense development, cf. O.E. cuppe "cup" from source of Ger. kopf "head."
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