from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A test for young, untried hunting dogs to determine their competence in pointing and retrieving. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A trial of a new product in actual situations of use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A contest between gun dogs
  • n. A practical test, especially one conducted in the wild

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a test of young hunting dogs to determine their skill in pointing and retrieving
  • n. a contest between gun dogs to determine their proficiency in pointing and retrieving
  • n. a test of the performance of some new product under the conditions in which it will be used


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