road test


Definition of road test

1 : a test of a vehicle under practical operating conditions on the road
2 : a test on the road of a person's driving ability as a requirement for a driver's license

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Examples of road test in a Sentence

The car performed well on the road test.
Recent Examples on the Web Less than three weeks after his first order, Kemp issued a new one, requiring waiver recipients to take a road test. Star Tribune, "Suspended road tests give teens easier route to licenses," 27 Dec. 2020 Unlike my road test of the IIsi for Ars back in 2018, the Quadra 700 presented a tantalizing opportunity to really push the limits of early ’90s desktop computing. Chris Wilkinson, Ars Technica, "Working from home at 25MHz: You could do worse than a Quadra 700 (even in 2020)," 11 Dec. 2020 The unexpected additional bye week gave Ridder and the Bearcats a 21-day layoff between Ridder's three-interception performance against USF and the team's first road test of the season at SMU. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "UC QB Ridder enjoys success as 'He's just letting the game come to him'," 22 Nov. 2020 Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins should overcome a tough road test to extend their winning streak to six games. Keven Lerner,, "Staff predictions: Miami Dolphins (6-3) at Denver Broncos (3-6)," 19 Nov. 2020 The road test, however, must still be taken in person before a driver is issued a license. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Prospective Minnesota drivers will soon be able to take knowledge test at home online," 5 Oct. 2020 Their prototype collects 60% of all airborne tire emissions on a bicycle wheel and sandpaper road test rig. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "A pollution solution where the rubber meets the road," 9 Nov. 2020 Guerrera said that lately, when an applicant with a learner’s permit requests a road test at a DMV branch, the wait has been about a month. Jon Lender,, "Jon Lender: As COVID-19 rises again, will DMV maintain driver testing and other services?," 7 Nov. 2020 Cincinnati has its first road test of the season Saturday at Tulsa. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Bearcats move up to No. 8 in latest AP poll following bye week," 11 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of road test

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of road test was in 1890

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11 Jan 2021

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“Road test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of road test

: a test to see how well a vehicle works when it is driven on roads
US : a test to see how well someone is able to drive a car or other vehicle

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