noun Date: circa 1730 1. an improvised bed (as one made up on the floor) 2. a boisterous dance 3. an act or instance of shaking someone down; especially extortion 4. a thorough search 5. a process or period of adjustment 6. a testing under operating conditions of something new (as a ship) for possible faults and defects and for familiarizing the operators with it

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