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

  • n. An idea or a plan advanced tentatively to test public reaction.

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  • n. An idea, suggestion, or prospective action, product, etc. offered to an audience or group in order to test whether it generates acceptance or interest.

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

  • n. a test of public opinion
  • n. a balloon sent up to test air currents

Etymologies

From the use of balloons to test weather conditions.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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