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 Hindenburg also said a prototype of Lordstown Motors’ new truck caught on fire 10 minutes into its first on-road test in January. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Short Seller Trains Sights on EV Startup Lordstown, Prompting Share Slide," 12 Mar. 2021 Rovers, owned by 'green energy' entrepreneur Dale Vince, will road test the prototype in their League Two clash against against Colchester United. Reuters, CNN, "Forest Green Rovers hope recycled coffee kit will prove a good fit," 24 Feb. 2021 West Virginia could prove a tough road test as the Mountaineers continue to improve and rebuild under head coach Neal Brown, although Texas’ returning talent should be enough to muster out a victory in Morgantown. Dallas News, "Three takeaways from Texas football’s 2021 schedule: Longhorns with opportunity for undefeated start," 11 Feb. 2021 Applicants will still need to provide a taxpayer identification number or other proof of their name and date of birth and meet traditional driving requirements, including being of age and passing a road test. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Pennsylvania Democrats propose new bill to allow illegal immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses," 5 Feb. 2021 The Detroit Red Wings flunked their first road test of the season, and now face having to redeem themselves against the Stanley Cup runner-up. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings need more from regulars or things will start looking like last year," 24 Jan. 2021 Most Wisconsin teens pass the road test anyway, Boardman noted. Star Tribune, "Suspended road tests give teens easier route to licenses," 27 Dec. 2020 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

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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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24 Mar 2021

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“Road test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 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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