road test


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

Examples of road test in a Sentence

The car performed well on the road test.
Recent Examples on the Web These travel pros spend day after day in airplane cabins and jet-setting to different destinations around the globe, giving them endless opportunities to road test products and find ones that really perform when up against the rigors of nonstop air travel. Alesandra Dubin, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2024 When women were ready for the road test, Mr. Howard would usually accompany them. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2024 Eight states’ attorneys general, along with the District of Columbia, have joined this federal lawsuit, which may be the first road test of the FTC’s new merger guidelines. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Still, with the top overall score, the top road test score and both above-average reliability and owner satisfaction, BMW does make a solid case for itself. Collin Woodard / Jalopnik, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2024 The Boise State men’s basketball team will wrap up what may be a season-defining stretch with a pair of road tests this week. Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman, 5 Feb. 2024 Alone top the West Coast Conference standings at 7-0, Saint Mary’s faces its two closest pursuers this week, with a Wednesday night home game vs. Santa Clara (15-7, 6-1) and a Saturday road test at Gonzaga (15-5, 6-1). Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Greg Gard's team preparing for a road test UW, the only Big Ten team without a loss in league play, next plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ohio State (12-3, 2-2). Jeff Potrykus, Journal Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024 Up next for the KC men’s team: a road test at South Dakota State on Thursday. Kansas City Star, 21 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of road test was in 1890

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“Road test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

road test

: a test (as of a vehicle or of a person's ability to drive) made on the road
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