[ noun ] an assay conducted for diagnostic purposes
[ verb ] put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
"This approach has been tried with good results" "Test this recipe"
Used in print(The Atlanta Constitution...)
The bond issue will go to the state courts for a friendly test_suit to test the validity of the act , and_then the sales will begin and contracts let for repair work on some of Georgia 's most heavily traveled highways .(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)
There is a small well in the top in which the fluid or paste to be tested is placed .
In normal use weights are hung_on the end of the tape and allowed to pull the tape and the material to be tested between the blocks .
Although there were only four fluids tested , it was apparent that there were two distinct types .(M. Yokoyama et al., "Chemical and serological...)
Homozygous and heterozygous * * f cells , * * f and homozygous and heterozygous * * f cells were used to test each sample ; however , in the interest of clarity and conciseness only the results obtained with homozygous * * f and homozygous * * f cells will be presented here .
[ noun ] trying something to find out about it
"a sample for ten days free trial" "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
Used in print(The Dallas Morning News,...)
Not satisfied with various unofficial checks on the liveliness of baseballs currently in_use , the major_leagues have ordered their own tests , which are in_progress at Massachusetts_Institute_of_Technology .(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
So instead of being tests of the South 's loyalty , the Spanish_War , the two World_Wars , and the Korean_War all served to overcome old grievances and cement reunion .(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)
In this test a * * f tape was pulled between the blocks with a motor and pulley at a rate of * * f with a clearance of 0.002 '' on each side of the tape .(James A. Ibers et al., "Proton magnetic resonance...)
The x-ray data did not permit Douglass to determine uniquely the space group , but a negative test for piezoelectricity led him to assume a center of symmetry .(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)
This is best demonstrated by practical washing tests in which cloth articles are repeatedly washed with the same detergent formulation .
[ verb ] test or examine for the presence of disease or infection
"screen the blood for the HIV virus"
Used in print(M. Yokoyama et al., "Chemical and serological...)
All samples were tested by both the saline and albumin methods .
The activities of fractions of sera containing Rh_antibodies were tested by the saline , albumin and indirect_Coombs techniques .
The small amount of insoluble material which precipitated during dialysis was suspended in approximately 5 ml of starting_buffer , centrifuged , resuspended in 2.5 ml of isotonic saline and tested for antibody activity .
These were read at 280 m m in a Beckman model DU spectrophotometer and tested for antibody activity as described above .
The strip sections containing a given protein were pooled , eluted with 0.5 ml of isotonic saline , and the eluates were tested for antibody activity .
[ noun ] any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc
"the test was standardized on a large sample of students"
Used in print(High Fidelity, 11:10...)
Any alteration of one of these factors is distortion , although we generally use that word only for effects so pronounced that they can be stated quantitatively on the basis of standard tests .
[ verb ] examine someone's knowledge of something
"The teacher tests us every week" "We got quizzed on French irregular verbs"
Used in print(Raymond J. Corsini et al., Roleplaying in Business...)
In_place_of asking salesmen to fill questionnaires , checking their references , interviewing them , asking them to be tried_out , he told them he would prefer to test them .
Ten salesmen were tested in the morning and ten more in the afternoon .
The reason for the value of this procedure was simply that the applicants were tested `` at work '' in different situations by the judgment of a number of experts who could see how the salesmen conducted themselves with different , but typical restaurant owners and managers .
Each girl was independently `` tested '' by the personnel man , and he served not_only as the director , but as the antagonist and the observer .
[ adjective ] of the nature of or undergoing an experiment
"an experimental drug" "a pilot project" "a test run" "a trial separation"
Used in print(Raymond C. Binder et al., editors, Proceedings...)
Figures 1 to 3 show photographic and schematic views of the test stand and of two different models of the anode holder .(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)
The maximum suction was 3.25 '' of test fluid measured from the top of the block , and steady states were apparently reached with these fluids .
[ noun ] an appraisal of the state of affairs
"they made an assay of the contents" "a check on its dependability under stress"
Used in print(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)
At Oxford one_hundred years ago there were very few Catholics , partly because religious tests were removed only in 1854 .(J. W. C. Hagstrom et al., "Debilitating muscular...)
Thyroid function tests yielded normal results .
In_spite of normal thyroid function tests , a trial of propylthiouracil , 400 mg. daily for one week , was given but served only to intensify muscle weakness .
[ noun ] the act of testing something
"in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately" "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
Used in print(L. Don Leet and Florence J. Leet, editors, The World of...)
All_of these activities are geared to a top priority communication_system , and practice tests have been held to assure that everything will work smoothly .
We have also developed techniques for recognizing and locating underground nuclear tests through the waves in the ground which they generate .
[ noun ] (education) a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge
"when the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions"
Used in print(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)
This is n't surprising when we consider that over 29 percent of the 11 - year old boys in America cannot chin themselves once , and that English school_girls outdo them in almost every test ( even dashes and endurance ) .(Robert L. Duncan, The Voice of Strangers....)
Rector 's next stop was at the schoolroom , where Mavis was monitoring a test .
[ noun ] the act of undergoing testing
"he survived the great test of battle" "candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
Used in print(The Sun, [Baltimore],...)
If the Orioles are to break their losing_streak within the next two days , it will have to be at_the_expense_of the American_League champion New_York Yankees , who come in here tomorrow for a night_game and a single test Sunday afternoon .
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 19404
[ verb ] achieve a certain score or rating on a test
"She tested high on the LSAT and was admitted to all the good law schools"
[ verb ] determine the presence or properties of (a substance)
[ verb ] show a certain characteristic when tested
"He tested positive for HIV"
[ noun ] (zoology) a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins