field trial


Definition of field trial

1 : a trial of sporting dogs in actual performance
2 : a trial of a new product in actual situations for which it is intended

Examples of field trial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the shot was later administered in a 1954 field trial at their Pittsburgh elementary school, one of the teachers asked Darrell Salk, who was only 6 at the time, to comfort a crying schoolmate and explain that his father’s vaccine was safe. New York Times, "Vaccine Memories of Another Time and Place," 25 Dec. 2020 Take the famous 1954 field trial for the Salk polio vaccine, which included an incredible 1.8 million children! Hilda Bastian, Wired, "New Vaccine Data Is Coming: Watch Out for These 3 Claims," 8 Dec. 2020 Hunting, hunt test and field trial dogs have very specific needs to achieve optimum performance. Brian Lynn, Outdoor Life, "What’s in the Bag: The Evolution of Hunting Dog Food," 21 Sep. 2020 The company claims on its website that their mosquitoes worked effectively in a field trial in Brazil. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "More than 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes to be released into Florida Keys," 20 Aug. 2020 Because of the requirement to own a horse or several, horseback field trialing tends to be a very expensive endeavor. Mark Chesnut, Field & Stream, "The Bird Dog Owner’s Guide Walking Field Trials," 15 Apr. 2020 Blue Cypress’ dog Gus made headlines a few years ago for being the only American born and trained UK Lab to win field trials abroad. Tom Keer, Outdoor Life, "7 Top Hunting Dog Training Tips from World-Class Experts," 11 May 2020 Chari Hawkins was hoping to grab her spot at the U.S. track and field trials in June. Los Angeles Times, "Olympic hopefuls try to arrange new training regimen amid coronavirus outbreak," 11 Apr. 2020 At the field trial, my wife was able to set up her sewing machine on the dining table and work on quilts while also watching the people, horses, and dogs at the breakaway point. Mark Chesnut, Field & Stream, "Why You Should Rent an RV for Your Next Hunting or Fishing Adventure," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of field trial

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Field trial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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