spot test


: a test limited to a few key or sample points or a relatively small percentage of random spots
: a test conducted on the spot to yield immediate results

Examples of spot test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While there are still some people using this now-classic Nintendo hardware online, spot tests suggest that the player numbers aren't huge these days. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 4 Oct. 2023 To do a spot test, simply apply a small amount to the back of the wrist once a day for a few days and wait five to six days for a reaction. Sabrina Talbert, Women's Health, 12 July 2023 Note that bleach may cause discoloration on certain fabrics, so spot test an inconspicuous place before using. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Aug. 2022 After conducting a spot test in an inconspicuous area of your deck, spray the product liberally onto your wooden deck. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Feb. 2023 Just make sure to read the dilution instructions when measuring out the soap and spot test, too. Nancy Einhart, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2023 Always do a spot test first Though most of the cleaners recommended in this article are gentle, there is always a chance that a cleaning product could damage the color or texture of your luggage. Nancy Einhart, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2023 Then do a spot test in a small, unobtrusive location to make sure the spray won’t damage the fabric. Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 30 Jan. 2023 The official test for cold urticaria, as with many other allergies, is a spot test on the skin. Leah Froats, Discover Magazine, 10 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spot test was in 1928

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“Spot test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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