field-tested; field-testing; field-tests

transitive verb

: to test (a procedure, a product, etc.) in actual situations reflecting intended use
field test noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Our own Fitness Editor, Brett Williams, field-tested this running hat during a marathon. Mike Richard,, 13 May 2023 All potential selections that Portland might make are being field-tested in about 45 classrooms around the city before one is chosen for each grade. oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of field-test was in 1938

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“Field-test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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