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trial1 (ˈtraɪəl, traɪl)
1.  a.  the act or an instance of trying or proving; test or experiment
 b.  (as modifier): a trial run
2.  law
 a.  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
 b.  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
 c.  (as modifier): trial proceedings
3.  an effort or attempt to do something: we had three trials at the climb
4.  trouble or grief
5.  an annoying or frustrating person or thing
6.  (often plural) a competition for individuals: sheepdog trials
7.  a motorcycling competition in which the skills of the riders are tested over rough ground
8.  ceramics a piece of sample material used for testing the heat of a kiln and its effects
9.  on trial
 a.  undergoing trial, esp before a court of law
 b.  being tested, as before a commitment to purchase
vb , trials, trialling, trialled
10.  (tr) to test or make experimental use of (something): the idea has been trialled in several schools
[C16: from Anglo-French, from trier to try]

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