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

  • n. A test, as of performance or acceptance.

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  • n. A test of the suitability or effectiveness of a person or thing (a tryout)

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  • n. trying something to find out about it


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  • I think they worked it out together, maybe even as an academic exercise to begin with, and then, when the trial run succeeded, they did it in earnest, and then Quorn tried at the last minute to back out. '

    To The Hilt

  • With true — bordering on obnoxious — grit, she pushes her way into a clinical trial run by brusque doc Atticus Sherman, played by Alan Alda.

    The Big C Comes Out Swinging for Season 2

  • In a trial run the previous day, a sprightlier vessel from the Egyptian navy had run aground.

    Three Empires on the Nile


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