Definition of beta test in English:

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beta test

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noun

A trial of machinery, software, or other products, in the final stages of its development, carried out by a party unconnected with its development.
Example sentences
  • Here are a few tips for running a beta test of a software product intended for large audiences - what I call ‘shrinkwrap’.
  • The claim was made as Apple made the latest beta test build available to software authors.
  • This could be a function of the beta test, if Google is using a limited number of servers to process mail.

verb

(beta-test) [with object]
Subject (a product) to a beta test.
Example sentences
  • At the Blues Traveler mixdown, Dearnley was beta-testing DMOD software to upload high-quality, encrypted mixes to the Internet.
  • With a $500 price tag and targeted towards the server market you wouldn't expect to be bug-hunting or rather beta-testing your new motherboard would you?
  • The company is beta-testing a new blogging tool called Yahoo!

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Syllabification: be·ta test

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