Test Test, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Testing}.] 1. (Metal.) To refine, as gold or silver, in a test, or cupel; to subject to cupellation. [1913 Webster]

2. To put to the proof; to prove the truth, genuineness, or quality of by experiment, or by some principle or standard; to try; as, to test the soundness of a principle; to test the validity of an argument. [1913 Webster]

Experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution. --Washington. [1913 Webster]

3. (Chem.) To examine or try, as by the use of some reagent; as, to test a solution by litmus paper. [1913 Webster]

4. To administer a test[8] to (someone) for the purpose of ascertaining a person's knowledge or skill; especially, in academic settings, to determine how well a student has learned the subject matter of a course of instruction. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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