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

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In experiments on a closed high-speed test track at Ford’s proving grounds adaptive cruise, or ACC, the tail car in each lane slowed by just 5 mph, rather than coming to a complete stop when each driver braked manually. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Zipper merge will upset other drivers. Why you should do it anyway.," 6 July 2018 The combination of playing and managerial talent means the Premier League has become world soccer’s foremost proving ground. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The Premier League’s World Cup Takeover," 8 July 2018 That site is one of 10 officially designated autonomous vehicle proving grounds identified by the US Department of Transportation in 2017 to help set the direction of policy-making and testing procedures going forward. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Toyota will test self-driving car ‘edge cases’ at new proving ground in Michigan," 3 May 2018 This is proving ground for Lowry and DeRozan after fading in past postseasons, including Toronto's 10-game losing streak in series openers. Paul Coro,, "NBA playoff preview: LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers must shut up the doubters once again," 13 Apr. 2018 The company is continuing to test autonomous vehicles at three enclosed proving grounds — two in Ann Arbor that are affiliated with the University of Michigan, and another known as GoMentum Station, a former naval weapons station in Concord, Calif. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "Toyota Takes Self-Driving Cars Off Road After Uber Accident," 20 Mar. 2018 The Musketeers' first proving ground of the postseason? Patrick Brennan,, "Xavier wins outright Big East title with 65-62 victory at DePaul," 3 Mar. 2018 Peters pushed for a federal designation, which came last year, for the facility to be known as a research hub and proving ground. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "MSU alum Peters: Engler not best choice for MSU in wake of Nassar scandal," 6 Feb. 2018 In 1965, there were some strange cars puttering along the track at Ford's Dearborn, MI, proving grounds. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "When Ford Tried to Replace the Steering Wheel With This Weirdo Contraption," 15 Sep. 2015

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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