examination

noun
ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion | \ ig-ˌza-mə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of examination

1 : the act or process of examining : the state of being examined
2 : an exercise designed to examine progress or test qualification or knowledge
3 : a formal interrogation

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Other Words from examination

examinational \ ig-​ˌza-​mə-​ˈnā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for examination

Synonyms

exam, quiz, test

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Examples of examination in a Sentence

On closer examination, the painting appears to be a fake. The victim's clothes were sent to the lab for examination. The police made a rigorous examination of the evidence at the crime scene. The court ordered that the defendant undergo a psychiatric examination. I have to study for the history examination. procedures that are not allowed during examination of witnesses
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Upon closer examination, the researchers found that the mother spider was producing some kind of substance, secreting it onto the floor of the nest. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "There Is a Spider That Feeds Its Young Delicious Milk, Because Nature Is Scary," 30 Nov. 2018 Instead, at least 200 forensic rape examinations conducted by the health care providers were billed to patients or their insurance companies. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Hospitals Billed Sexual Assault Survivors for Rape Kits. Now They're Paying the Price.," 29 Nov. 2018 Here’s a macro- to micro- examination of our future in a grain of sand. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Why Facebook banned Alex Jones — and why Twitter didn’t," 13 Aug. 2018 Upon examination, the cause of the smoke was revealed to be a malfunctioning vape battery, Fox 30 reports. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "TSA agent praised for clearing smoking bag at Georgia airport," 11 Aug. 2018 But the watch was ready before the software was, meaning an examination of the technology wasn't possible in our comprehensive review of the Apple Watch Series 4. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "A look at the Apple Watch’s ECG, from someone who needs it," 12 Dec. 2018 An examination of state and federal records, and interviews with those involved, show that the group is part of a national network of nonprofits that often work in concert to amplify conservative messages. Shawn Boburg, The Seattle Times, "Conservative nonprofit with obscure roots, undisclosed funders paid Whitaker $1.2 million," 20 Nov. 2018 Those are among the findings from an examination of political contributions during this election cycle, using data from Open Secrets, a nonprofit political spending database by the Center for Responsive Politics. Rani Molla, Recode, "Tech employees are much more liberal than their employers — at least as far as the candidates they support," 31 Oct. 2018 Plus, an examination of a very flimsy polygraph submission by Dr. Ford, as well as some last-minute stall tactics by Democrats that may show them to be less confident than some would assume. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: The accusers' last act," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of examination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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examination

noun

English Language Learners Definition of examination

: the act of looking at something closely and carefully : the act of examining something

: a close and careful study of someone or something to find signs of illness or injury

: a test to show a person's progress, knowledge, or ability

examination

noun
ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion | \ ig-ˌza-mə-ˈnā-shən \

Kids Definition of examination

1 : the act of checking closely and carefully The doctor performed an examination of the patient.
2 : a test given to determine progress, fitness, or knowledge a college entrance examination

examination

noun
ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion | \ ig-ˌzam-ə-ˈnā-shən \

Medical Definition of examination

: the act or process of inspecting or testing for evidence of disease or abnormality — see physical examination

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examination

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ex·​am·​i·​na·​tion

Legal Definition of examination

: the act or process of examining especially : a formal questioning especially in a court proceeding — see also cross-examination, direct examination, recross-examination, redirect examination — compare affidavit, deposition

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