noun \ˈtest\

Definition of TEST

a chiefly British :  cupel
b (1) :  a critical examination, observation, or evaluation :  trial; specifically :  the procedure of submitting a statement to such conditions or operations as will lead to its proof or disproof or to its acceptance or rejection <a test of a statistical hypothesis>
(2) :  a basis for evaluation :  criterion
c :  an ordeal or oath required as proof of conformity with a set of beliefs
a :  a means of testing: as (1) :  a procedure, reaction, or reagent used to identify or characterize a substance or constituent (2) :  something (as a series of questions or exercises) for measuring the skill, knowledge, intelligence, capacities, or aptitudes of an individual or group
b :  a positive result in such a test
:  a result or value determined by testing

Origin of TEST

Middle English, vessel in which metals were assayed, potsherd, from Anglo-French test, tees pot, Latin testum earthen vessel; akin to Latin testa earthen pot, shell
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis



Definition of TEST

:  of, relating to, or constituting a test
:  subjected to, used for, or revealed by testing <a test group> <test data>

First Known Use of TEST


Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis



: to use a set of questions or problems to measure someone's skills, knowledge, or abilities

: to examine a part of the body or a substance taken from the body

: to examine a small amount of water, soil, air, etc., in order to see if its quality is good, if it contains a dangerous substance, etc.

Full Definition of TEST

transitive verb
:  to put to test or proof :  try —often used with out
:  to require a doctrinal oath of
intransitive verb
a :  to undergo a test
b :  to be assigned a standing or evaluation on the basis of tests <tested positive for cocaine> <the cake tested done>
:  to apply a test as a means of analysis or diagnosis —used with for <test for mechanical aptitude>
test·abil·i·ty \ˌtes-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
test·able \ˈtes-tə-bəl\ adjective
test the waters also test the water
:  to make a preliminary test or survey (as of reaction or interest) before embarking on a course of action

Examples of TEST

  1. Weekly quizzes will test your understanding of the material.
  2. The students will all be tested again at the end of the school year.
  3. The school nurse will be testing students' hearing next week.
  4. She tested positive for AIDS.
  5. The water gets tested regularly.

First Known Use of TEST




Definition of TEST

:  an external hard or firm covering (as a shell) of many invertebrates (as a foraminifer or a mollusk)

Origin of TEST

Latin testa shell
First Known Use: circa 1842



Definition of TEST


Other Bible Terms

antediluvian, apocalyptic, apocrypha, behemoth


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