trial and error
trial and error ri"al and er"ror The method of discovering something desirable by trying many different things until one works; as, the traditional method of finding new drugs is by trial and error. [PJC]

And millions miss for one that hits. --Swift. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Trial and error — Trial and error, or trial by error, is a general method of problem solving for obtaining knowledge, both propositional knowledge and know how. In the field of computer science, the method is called generate and test. In elementary algebra, when… …   Wikipedia

  • trial and error — {n.} A way of solving problems by trying different possible solutions until you find one that works. * /John found the short circuit by trial and error./ * /The only way Tom could solve the algebra problem was by the method of trial and error./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • trial and error — {n.} A way of solving problems by trying different possible solutions until you find one that works. * /John found the short circuit by trial and error./ * /The only way Tom could solve the algebra problem was by the method of trial and error./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Trial-and-error — Versuch und Irrtum (englisch trial and error) ist eine heuristische Methode, um Probleme zu lösen, bei der so lange zulässige Lösungsmöglichkeiten probiert werden, bis die gewünschte Lösung gefunden wird. Dabei wird oft bewusst auch die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Trial and Error — Versuch und Irrtum (englisch trial and error) ist eine heuristische Methode, um Probleme zu lösen, bei der so lange zulässige Lösungsmöglichkeiten probiert werden, bis die gewünschte Lösung gefunden wird. Dabei wird oft bewusst auch die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Trial and error — Versuch und Irrtum (englisch trial and error) ist eine heuristische Methode, um Probleme zu lösen, bei der so lange zulässige Lösungsmöglichkeiten probiert werden, bis die gewünschte Lösung gefunden wird. Dabei wird oft bewusst auch die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • trial-and-error — See trial and error. * * * …   Universalium

  • trial and error — noun Date: 1806 a finding out of the best way to reach a desired result or a correct solution by trying out one or more ways or means and by noting and eliminating errors or causes of failure; also the trying of one thing or another until… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Trial and error (disambiguation) — Trial and error can refer to:* Trial and error, a general method of problem solving * Trial and Error , a 1933 book on publishing * Trial and Error (1962 film), a British comedy film starring Peter Sellers also known as The Dock Brief. * Trial… …   Wikipedia

  • Trial and Error (book) — Trial and Error is Jack Woodford s book on writing and the publishing industry. The book focuses on writing and editing and describes the behind the scenes machinations that result in the final publication of writing. The book was instrumental in …   Wikipedia

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