proving ground


Definition of proving ground

1 : a place for scientific experimentation or testing (as of vehicles or weapons)
2 : a place where something is developed or tried out

Examples of proving ground in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web El Capitan is widely considered the proving ground for climbing’s top performers. Gregory Thomas,, "Yosemite climber becomes first woman to free climb harrowing, 3,000-foot route in under 24 hours," 6 Nov. 2020 Cruz, like others, has posted fundraising appeals, and booking plane tickets as the state suddenly transforms into a proving ground for would-be presidents. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Ted Cruz, affirming Trump’s refusal to concede, angles to be Trumpiest post-Trump contender," 13 Nov. 2020 The space station is also being used as a proving ground as NASA prepares to return humans to the moon by 2024 through its Artemis program, as well as a future human mission to Mars. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Humans have been living on the space station for 20 years," 2 Nov. 2020 Culdesac Tempe is a proving ground for a start-up also called Culdesac, which was founded in San Francisco and moved to Tempe during the pandemic. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "The Capital of Sprawl Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood," 31 Oct. 2020 Egypt is emerging as a critical proving ground for global powers seeking to export a coronavirus vaccine to the developing world. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Covid-19 Vaccine Makers See Egypt as Crucial Launchpad," 26 Oct. 2020 This feature originally surfaced in Microsoft’s Dev Channel for Windows Insiders, a proving ground for the company to try features that may or may not appear in upcoming Windows 10 releases. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The Windows 10 October 2020 Update is now available to all," 20 Oct. 2020 The county serves as a proving ground for a Trump campaign strategy of turning out as many strong supporters as possible. WSJ, "Inside the Counties That Will Help Decide the 2020 Election," 9 Oct. 2020 Odd Future, Liars and Sam Smith performed there; the stage became a proving ground for local hip-hop artists, and hosted regular go-go concerts. Washington Post, "U Street Music Hall, a star of D.C.’s nightlife scene, shutters because of ongoing pandemic," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of proving ground

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of proving ground was circa 1890

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“Proving ground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of proving ground

: a place where things or people are tested or tried out for the first time
: a place where scientific testing is done

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