Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A hard external covering, as that of certain amoebas, dinoflagellates, and sea urchins.
  • noun A procedure for critical evaluation; a means of determining the presence, quality, or truth of something; a trial.
  • noun A series of questions, problems, or physical responses designed to determine knowledge, intelligence, or ability.
  • noun A basis for evaluation or judgment.
  • noun Chemistry A physical or chemical change by which a substance may be detected or its properties ascertained.
  • noun A cupel.
  • intransitive verb To subject to a test; try.
  • intransitive verb To determine the presence or properties of (a substance).
  • intransitive verb To assay (metal) in a cupel.
  • intransitive verb To undergo a test.
  • intransitive verb To administer a test.
  • intransitive verb To achieve a score or rating on tests.
  • intransitive verb To exhibit a given characteristic when subjected to a test.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A test for blood in the urine. On boiling with caustic alkali, the resultant precipitate of phosphates will present a red color.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A potsherd.
  • noun In zoology, the hard covering of certain animals; a shell; a lorica.
  • noun In botany, same as testa, 2.
  • noun An earthen pot in which metals were tried.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Examination by the test or cupel; hence, any critical trial or examination: as, a crucial test.
  • noun Means of trial; that by which the presence, quality, or genuineness or something is shown; touchstone.
  • noun [capitalized] The Test Act of 1673. See phrase below.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Judgment; discrimination; distinction.
  • noun An apparatus for proving light hydrocarbon oils by heat, to find the temperature at which they evolve explosive vapors; an oil test.
  • noun Synonyms and Proof, ordeal, criterion. See inference.
  • noun A witness.
  • noun Testimony; evidence.
  • In law, to attest and date: as, a writing duly tested.
  • To make a will or testament.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To make a testament, or will.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The external hard or firm covering of many invertebrate animals.
  • noun (Bot.) The outer integument of a seed; the episperm, or spermoderm.
  • transitive verb (Metal.) To refine, as gold or silver, in a test, or cupel; to subject to cupellation.
  • transitive verb To put to the proof; to prove the truth, genuineness, or quality of by experiment, or by some principle or standard; to try
  • transitive verb (Chem.) To examine or try, as by the use of some reagent.
  • transitive verb 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.
  • noun obsolete A witness.
  • noun (Metal.) A cupel or cupelling hearth in which precious metals are melted for trial and refinement.
  • noun Examination or trial by the cupel; hence, any critical examination or decisive trial.
  • noun Means of trial.
  • noun That with which anything is compared for proof of its genuineness; a touchstone; a standard.
  • noun Discriminative characteristic; standard of judgment; ground of admission or exclusion.

Etymologies

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

[Latin testa, shell.]

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

[Middle English, cupel, from Old French, pot, from Latin testū, testum.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin testari.

Examples

  • Create a folder named test that contains two files one named. _test.txt and test. txt on OSX and copy to an SMB share on W2k3.

    MacWindows

  • Posted Yesterday, 11: 26 pm possible debugging - var test = "imageurl" + TLSTimeInSeconds; alert ( "Looking for:" +test);

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  • [test] writeable = yes force user = test force group = test path =/test write list = test @test

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  • Class - goodmorning mr. jonas Joe - * holds up a stack of papers* were gonna start today with a science test Class - * all groan* Joe - oh stop it, its not that hard * hands out the tests* remember, if u have any questions, raise ur hands. you have 45 minutes to do this, so enjoy * sits at his desk/looks at nick* Nick - * looks up at him/mouths* evil Joe - * mouths back* I love you Nick - * blushes/starts his test* ~Right Before Lunch~ Nick -

    WN.com - Financial News

  • RUN explorer c: \ send {t} {space} this will select the test file, but not always, as there could be more files starting with a t and no i dont want to put a highly unusual character infront of test. txt, like ~test. txt to make it stand out, this is really n gging me other yucky workaround: run cmd,, winwaitactive C: \Windows\system32\cmd. exe send explorer/select, % profile%\my jumplists\kk\edit kk. lnk {enter} sleep 200 winclose C: \Windows\system32\cmd. exe

    AutoHotkey Community

  • I’m arguing that a test whose answer is used to justify an action which causes the failure of the test, is invalid *as a test*.

    The argument that changed me from pro-life to pro-choice

  • I’m arguing that a test whose answer is used to justify an action which causes the failure of the test, is invalid *as a test*.

    The argument that changed me from pro-life to pro-choice

  • Try not to use the word test when describing what will happen.

    Testing for Kindergarten

  • Try not to use the word test when describing what will happen.

    Testing for Kindergarten

  • Try not to use the word test when describing what will happen.

    Testing for Kindergarten

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