Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An experimental trip; especially, a trip made by a new vessel to test her sailing qualities, rate of speed, the working of her machinery, etc.
“Washington were fully cognizant of the matter; and that a third grand trial-trip, in the interest of government, had been secretly made, with important dispatches to California, relating to the security of our rights in the Pacific.”
“In the first trial-trip to California, Mr. M---- insisted on remaining above on this deck for six consecutive hours, and the result was an attack of hemorrhage from the lungs.”
“On the trial-trip the railroad president kept close to the door, meaning, in the case of possible discomfiture and retrogression, to take to the woods!”
“Horace had been gone from the colony, on what I might call his missionary trial-trip, about a month, when I was one day sitting alone under the veranda of my country house, thinking over many things, and specially pondering the wonderful way in which I had gained two so dear to me as Horace and his father.”
“Pearce, it should be observed, was a volunteer for the Mission then on a trial-trip.”
“That night I proposed to make a sort of trial-trip up stream, as far as Township landing, some fifteen miles, there to pay our respects to Captain Clark's company of cavalry, whose camp was reported to lie near by.”
“Her recent trial-trip was most satisfactory, and she is reported to be in”
“She left Birkenhead towards the end of July, ostensibly on a trial-trip, having on board a large party of ladies and gentleman.”
“Last November she made a trial-trip from Norfolk, running down so close to Fortress Monroe as to be seen by the naked eye, but ventured no nearer.”
“In the first trial-trip to California, Mr. M — insisted on remaining above on this deck for six consecutive hours, and the result was an attack of hemorrhage from the lungs.”
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