from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A specimen of any aggregate; a sample taken from a mass, or one of the first productions of some process, by which to determine the quality or character of the rest.
- n. A production from which to determine the capacity or ability of the producer.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
It is a painful confession for a man destined eventually to fill a certain part in the annals of conjuring to make, that my trial-piece turned out so lamentably.