: shown to be reliable and effective by being used in war
A twin-engine medium bomber, the rugged B-25 was battle-tested and easy to fly in bad weather.Otha C. Spencer, Smithsonian Air & Space, August/September 1986
: having experienced and been toughened by battle
battle-tested soldiers
When the Americans and Saigon finally found an effective counter-insurgency strategy and took control of the countryside from the Viet Cong, Hanoi responded by sending in whole divisions of battle-tested troops.Evan Thomas and John Barry, Newsweek, 16 Nov. 2009
often used figuratively
The Yankees' pen, moreover, is battle-tested. Rivera, and his setup men, lefty Mike Stanton and righties Jeff Nelson and Ramiro Mendoza, have a combined 1.45 ERA over 105 2/3 innings of postseason experience.Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 20 Sept. 1999

Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of battle-tested was in 1914

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“Battle-tested.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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