- 1A formal examination of evidence by a judge, typically before a jury, in order to decide guilt in a case of criminal or civil proceedings: the newspaper accounts of the trial [mass noun]: the editor was summoned to stand trial for libelMore example sentences
- In both civil and criminal trials, appeals courts strongly defer to a jury's decision to believe one witness rather than another.
- They can hold people in contempt of court, and when litigants consent, magistrate judges can preside at civil jury trials.
- Nullification is a byproduct of the robust right of criminal defendants to a trial by jury.
- 2A test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something: clinical trials must establish whether the new hip replacements are workingMore example sentences
- Instead they voted for a full gyratory system for a trial period of three months.
- In our view one month into the trial period is too soon to have a valid comment.
- Ideally, all drugs used to treat children would be subject to quality clinical research and trials to be authorised for use in children.
- 2.1A sports match to test the ability of players eligible for selection to a team: he cracked his ankle the week before the final trialMore example sentences
- Lane and the national selectors confirmed the squad on Saturday evening after the trial match involving 41 players.
- He had won the World championship and had qualified for Athens too, but did not make the Australian team after the selection trials.
- Another Aboriginal athlete vying for selection at the Olympic trials in August will be Patrick Johnson from the Umpila tribe of north Queensland.
- 2.2A test of individual ability on a motorcycle over rough ground or on a road.More example sentences
- After the war, I started racing motorcycles and riding in trials, but while I was reasonable I wasn't good enough to satisfy myself, and so I concentrated on my business.
- A leading footpath campaigner said the motorcycle trials was a separate issue but still needed to be considered by the inspector.
- The aim is to discover Britain's best over four fields: trials, motocross, supermoto and road racing.
- 2.3 (trials) An event in which horses, dogs, or other animals compete or perform: horse trialsMore example sentences
- The bulls have to compete in feed efficiency trials as young animals before they get into the bull studs.
- She made her yearly trek east in February, to compete in horse trials leading up to the big three-days.
- Johnston won three of this year's recognised trials with horses who were not entered for the big race.
- 3A person, experience, or situation that tests a person’s endurance or forbearance: the trials and tribulations of married lifeMore example sentences
nuisance, pest, bother, irritant, source of irritation/annoyance, worry, problem, inconvenience, vexation, plague, source of aggravation, thorn in one's flesh, the bane of one's life, one's cross to bear; boreScottish • informal skelfNorth American • informal pain in the butt, nudnik, burr under/in someone's saddleBritish • informal , • dated blister• vulgar slang pain in the arsetrouble, worry, anxiety, burden, affliction, ordeal, tribulation, adversity, hardship, tragedy, trauma, reverse, setback, difficulty, problem, misfortune, bad luck, stroke of bad luck, ill fortune, mishap, misadventure; suffering, distress, misery, wretchedness, unhappiness, sadness, woe, grief, pain• informal hassle• archaic travails
- I had the pleasure of speaking to Schneider and inquiring about the trials and tribulations that he's experienced in his career.
- Tracey herself knows first-hand about the trials and tribulations of putting on shows that are both erotic and comic.
- Forget about the trials and tribulations of dealing with the complex emotions of the average human (or, even worse, having to deal with your own emotional mood swings).
verb (trials, trialling, trialled; US trials, trialing, trialed)Back to top
- 1 [with object] Test (something, especially a new product) to assess its suitability or performance: teachers all over the UK are trialling the materialsMore example sentences
- It says it has been trialing the product with rival operators for some months now.
- Before final publication approximately 300 children and their teachers at ten schools piloted the ideas in the pack, and 21 schools have trialled the finished product.
- It is initially trialing its product with 1,000 rural users and has a 10,000 users expansion target.
- 2 [no object] (Of a horse, dog, or other animal) compete in trials: the pup trialled on SaturdayMore example sentences
- This is a ‘must have’ book for anyone who has an interest in sheep dog trialling.
- Whangamomona also sees endurance riding, dog trialling, and the Great New Zealand Horse Trek which was held last year.
- But Westmorland Gazette sheep dog correspondent Elaine Hill said it was very rare that dog trialling interfered with wildlife and that few if any people were genuinely concerned about the impact of the Hunting Bill on the sport.
- 1Being tried in a court of law: two men have gone on trial for the murderMore example sentences
- Last week they also briefly occupied the court where Kulayev is on trial.
- Though the press spinners are not on trial in Court 73, there are plenty who think they should be.
- At most, he may wind up on trial in a real court rather than merely in the press.
- 2Being tested for performance or suitability: water metering has been on trial in England and WalesMore example sentences
- He put the show on ice for an extended break in 1985, then literally put Colin Baker on trial to see if ratings improved.
- Du Wei, the Chinese international, will be watched like a hawk at Celtic Park, where he spends this week on trial.
- The centre is currently on trial at two clubs in Leeds and Bushey.
trial and error
- The process of experimenting with various methods of doing something until one finds the most successful: pupils learn by trial and error [as modifier]: analyses conducted on a trial-and-error basisMore example sentences
- Others find the process to be one of trial and error, until they stumble upon one that fits.
- When her judgement failed, she had tried an elaborate process of trial and error.
- I went through a process of trial and error and found that with either drive plugged in, it wouldn't start up.
late Middle English (as a noun): from Anglo-Norman French, or from medieval Latin triallum. The verb dates from the 1980s.