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test1 British & World English

A procedure intended to establish the quality, performance, or reliability of something, especially before it is taken into widespread use

test2 British & World English

The shell or integument of some invertebrates and protozoans, especially the chalky shell of a foraminiferan or the tough outer layer of a tunicate

test English Thesaurus

we'll be conducting a series of scientific tests

Test in test1 British & World English

short for Test match.

acid test British & World English

A conclusive test of the success or value of something

Ames test British & World English

A test to determine the mutagenic activity of chemicals by observing whether they cause mutations in sample bacteria

beta test British & World English

A trial of machinery, software or other products in the final stages of development, carried out by a party unconnected with the development process

drop test British & World English

A test of the strength of an object, in which it is dropped under standard conditions or a set weight is dropped on it from a given height

drug test British & World English

A test performed on blood or urine to determine the presence or absence of proscribed drugs and used especially to detect athletes using performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids

high-test British & World English

(Of petrol) high-octane

Izod test British & World English

A material strength test in which a notched specimen is broken by a blow from a pendulum, the energy absorbed being determined from the decrease in the swing of the pendulum

Pap test British & World English

A test carried out on a cervical smear to detect cancer of the cervix or womb

road test British & World English

A test of the performance of a vehicle or engine on the road

skin test British & World English

A test to determine whether an immune reaction is elicited when a substance is applied to or injected into the skin

Test Act British & World English

(In the UK) an act in force between 1673 and 1828 that made an oath of allegiance to the Church of England and the supremacy of the monarch as its head and repudiation of the doctrine of transubstantiation a condition of eligibility for public office

test bed British & World English

A piece of equipment used for testing new machinery, especially aircraft engines

test card British & World English

A still television picture transmitted outside normal programme hours and designed for use in judging the quality and position of the image

test case British & World English

A case that sets a precedent for other cases involving the same question of law

test meal British & World English

A portion of food of specified quantity and composition, eaten to stimulate digestive secretions which can then be analysed

test pit British & World English

A small preliminary excavation made to gain an idea of the contents or stratigraphy of an archaeological site

test rig British & World English

An apparatus used for assessing the performance of a piece of mechanical or electrical equipment

test tube British & World English

A thin glass tube closed at one end, used to hold small amounts of material for laboratory testing or experiments

beta test New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen as verb)

Pap test New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

test on a cervical smear to detect cancer

road test New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen as verb)

test tube New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words, hyphen when attributive)

alpha test British & World English

A trial of machinery, software, or other products carried out by a developer before a product is made available for beta testing

bench test British & World English

A test carried out on a machine, a component, or software before it is released for use, to ensure that it works properly

blood test British & World English

A scientific examination of a sample of blood, typically for the diagnosis of illness or for the detection and measurement of drugs or other substances

breath test British & World English

A test in which a driver is made to blow into a breathalyser to check whether they have drunk more than the legally permitted amount

cloze test British & World English

A procedure in which a subject is asked to supply words that have been removed from a passage as a test of their ability to comprehend text

crash-test British & World English

Deliberately crash (a new vehicle) under controlled conditions in order to evaluate and improve its ability to withstand impact

Draize test British & World English

A pharmacological test in which a substance is introduced into the eye or applied to the skin of a laboratory animal in order to ascertain the likely effect of that substance on the corresponding human tissue

field test British & World English

A test carried out in the environment in which a product or device is to be used

flight test British & World English

A flight of an aircraft, rocket, or equipment to see how well it functions

litmus test British & World English

A test for acidity or alkalinity using litmus

means test British & World English

An official investigation into a person’s financial circumstances to determine their eligibility for state assistance

patch test British & World English

A test to discover whether a person is allergic to any of a range of substances which are applied to the skin in light scratches or under a plaster

Schick test British & World English

A test for previously acquired immunity to diphtheria, using an intradermal injection of diphtheria toxin

screen test British & World English

A filmed test to ascertain whether an actor is suitable for a film role

smear test British & World English

A test to detect signs of cervical cancer

stress test British & World English

A test of cardiovascular fitness made by monitoring the heart rate during a period of increasingly strenuous exercise

test drive British & World English

An act of driving a motor vehicle that one is considering buying, in order to determine its quality

test flight British & World English

A flight during which the performance of an aircraft or its equipment is tested

Test match British & World English

An international cricket or rugby match, typically one of a series, played between teams representing two different countries

test paper British & World English

A paper set to test the knowledge of a student, especially in preparation for an examination

test piece British & World English

A piece of music set to be performed by contestants in a competition

test pilot British & World English

A pilot who flies an aircraft to test its performance


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