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

  • transitive v. To test (a technique or product) under conditions of actual operation or use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To test something using the conditions that it was designed to operate under, especially out in the real world instead of in a laboratory or workshop

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to test something in the field, i. e. under the actual conditions under which it will be used. Used in contrast with testing in a laboratory or under controlled conditions.

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

  • n. a test of the performance of some new product under the conditions in which it will be used
  • v. test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used


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  • Bennett regularly visited Iraq and Afghanistan to field-test new technologies such as surveillance robots and laser-guided bullets.

    The Omega Theory

  • For the next twelve years he was a dedicated civil servant, frequently visiting the front lines to field-test new weapons and determine what the soldiers needed.

    The Omega Theory

  • This month, the TSA is beginning to field-test the program in Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C., and similar software is already being used abroad.

    Sen. Tom Udall: Protecting Privacy at the Airport

  • Industry analysts now speculate that the so-called oil "spill" has actually been the first full field-test of the new BP process that could revolutionize deep-water drilling.

    Bill Allen: BP Files Patent to Produce Oil From Seawater

  • That's why The New York Timesreported last week on community forestry projects in Mexico that will be showcased at COP16, and why my organization, the Rainforest Alliance, pilots on-ground REDD+ community forestry projects that field-test the implementation mechanisms that will get a global REDD+ system started.

    Tensie Whelan: Why Cancún Matters

  • Well, no I'm not, but if Browning wants to really know how durable and tough this new gun is I'd be more than happy to field-test it for a season or two, because I can make a shotgun malfunction through sheer force of will, although other people call it incompetence.

    Browning Maxus

  • In 1996, Shell successfully carried out its first small field-test on its privately owned Mahogany property in Rio Blanco County, Colorado ...

    Our Vast Oil Reserves, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Vancouver, in short, has essentially become a gigantic field-test for harm reduction policies, a million-person laboratory half an hour's drive from the U.S. that is yielding valuable lessons on the costs and benefits of such a strategy - lessons that American policy makers and activists alike should be studying carefully.

    Vince Beiser: Doing Drugs the Right Way

  • In off-the-cuff public remarks, in prepared speeches, and in private conversation, I heard him field-test the idea that the spread of democracy, open society, market economy, and individual empowerment was the wave of the future.

    The Great Experiment

  • Many of the arcades are in fact small arms of Japanese games makers, which once used the arcades essentially as field-test centers for new products.

    Small Business: Pinball Wizards


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