Definitions

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

  • n. A procedure for critical evaluation; a means of determining the presence, quality, or truth of something; a trial: a test of one's eyesight; subjecting a hypothesis to a test; a test of an athlete's endurance.
  • n. A series of questions, problems, or physical responses designed to determine knowledge, intelligence, or ability.
  • n. A basis for evaluation or judgment: "A test of democratic government is how Congress and the president work together” ( Haynes Johnson).
  • n. Chemistry A physical or chemical change by which a substance may be detected or its properties ascertained.
  • n. Chemistry A reagent used to cause or promote such a change.
  • n. Chemistry A positive result obtained.
  • n. A cupel.
  • transitive v. To subject to a test; try: tested the pen by scribbling on scrap paper; testing job applicants.
  • transitive v. To determine the presence or properties of (a substance).
  • transitive v. To assay (metal) in a cupel.
  • intransitive v. To undergo a test.
  • intransitive v. To administer a test: test for acid content; test for the presence of an antibody.
  • intransitive v. To achieve a score or rating on tests: tested high on the entrance exams.
  • intransitive v. To exhibit a given characteristic when subjected to a test: test positive for the tubercle bacillus.
  • n. A hard external covering, as that of certain amoebas, dinoflagellates, and sea urchins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A challenge.
  • n. An examination, given often during the academic term.
  • n. A session in which a product or piece of equipment is examined under everyday or extreme conditions to evaluate its durability, etc.
  • n. A Test match.
  • n. The external calciferous shell, or endoskeleton, of an echinoderm, e.g. sand dollars and sea urchins. Two sea urchin tests
  • n. testa; seed coat
  • v. To challenge.
  • v. To administer or assign an examination that is given often during the academic term.
  • v. To place a product or piece of equipment under everyday and/or extreme conditions and examine it for its durability, etc.
  • v. To be shown to be by test.
  • v. To make a testament, or will.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cupel or cupelling hearth in which precious metals are melted for trial and refinement.
  • n. Examination or trial by the cupel; hence, any critical examination or decisive trial.
  • n. Means of trial.
  • n. That with which anything is compared for proof of its genuineness; a touchstone; a standard.
  • n. Discriminative characteristic; standard of judgment; ground of admission or exclusion.
  • n. Judgment; distinction; discrimination.
  • n. A reaction employed to recognize or distinguish any particular substance or constituent of a compound, as the production of some characteristic precipitate; also, the reagent employed to produce such reaction; thus, the ordinary test for sulphuric acid is the production of a white insoluble precipitate of barium sulphate by means of some soluble barium salt.
  • n. A set of questions to be answered or problems to be solved, used as a means to measure a person's knowledge, aptitude, skill, intelligence, etc.; in school settings, synonymous with examination or exam. Also used attributively.
  • n. A witness.
  • n. The external hard or firm covering of many invertebrate animals.
  • n. The outer integument of a seed; the episperm, or spermoderm.
  • intransitive v. To make a testament, or will.
  • transitive v. To refine, as gold or silver, in a test, or cupel; to subject to cupellation.
  • transitive v. To put to the proof; to prove the truth, genuineness, or quality of by experiment, or by some principle or standard; to try
  • transitive v. To examine or try, as by the use of some reagent.
  • transitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In metallurgy, to refine, as gold or silver, by means of lead, in a test, by the removal by scorification of all extraneous matter, or in some other way.
  • To put to the test; bring to trial and examination; compare with a standard; try: as, to test the soundness of a principle; to test the validity of an argument; to test a person's loyalty; to test the electrical resistance of a wire.
  • Specifically, in chem., to examine by the use of some reagent.
  • In law, to attest and date: as, a writing duly tested.
  • To make a will or testament.
  • n.
  • n. A test for blood in the urine. On boiling with caustic alkali, the resultant precipitate of phosphates will present a red color.
  • n. For glucose, as in urine, a strip of white woolen cloth steeped in a 1:3 solution of stannous chlorid in water and dried. Such a test strip, dipped into the suspected liquid and then heated to 130° C., turns brown if glucose is present.
  • n. A test for the presence of blood in the intestinal discharges, determined by the production of a blue-violet color on treatment with guaiac and turpentine.
  • n. An earthen pot in which metals were tried.
  • n. Specifically The movable hearth or cupel of a reverberatory furnace, used in separating silver from lead by cupellation (see cupel), according to the method usually followed in England.
  • n. Examination by the test or cupel; hence, any critical trial or examination: as, a crucial test.
  • n. Means of trial; that by which the presence, quality, or genuineness or something is shown; touchstone.
  • n. [capitalized] The Test Act of 1673. See phrase below.
  • n. In chem., a substance which is employed to detect the presence of any ingredient in a compound, by causing it to exhibit some known property; a substance which, being added to another, indicates the chemical nature of that other substance by producing certain changes in appearance and properties; a reagent: thus, infusion of galls is a test of the presence of iron, which it renders evident by the production of a black color in liquids containing that metal; litmus is a test for determining the presence of acids when uncombined or in excess, as its blue color is turned red by acids.
  • n. Judgment; discrimination; distinction.
  • n. An apparatus for proving light hydrocarbon oils by heat, to find the temperature at which they evolve explosive vapors; an oil test.
  • n. Synonyms and Proof, ordeal, criterion. See inference.
  • n. A potsherd.
  • n. In zoology, the hard covering of certain animals; a shell; a lorica.
  • n. In botany, same as testa, 2.
  • n. A witness.
  • n. Testimony; evidence.

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

  • v. undergo a test
  • n. any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc
  • v. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
  • n. the act of testing something
  • n. the act of undergoing testing
  • v. show a certain characteristic when tested
  • n. a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins
  • v. test or examine for the presence of disease or infection
  • n. trying something to find out about it
  • n. a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge
  • v. achieve a certain score or rating on a test
  • v. examine someone's knowledge of something
  • v. determine the presence or properties of (a substance)

Etymologies

Middle English, cupel, from Old French, pot, from Latin testū, testum.
Latin testa, shell.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French test ("an earthen vessel, especially a pot in which metals were tried"), from Latin testum ("the lid of an earthen vessel, an earthen vessel, an earthen pot, in Medieval Latin especially an earthenpot in which metals were tried; compare testa ("a piece of burned clay, a potsherd")"), from *terstus, past participle of the root seen also in terra for *tersa ("dry land"); see terra, thirst. (Wiktionary)
Latin testari. (Wiktionary)

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