spot test


Definition of spot test

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

Examples of spot test in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The teams then re-enter the chamber to inspect the masks and conduct spot tests for harmful levels of residual hydrogen peroxide. Brian Kaiser, New York Times, "Where Thousands of Masks a Day Are Decontaminated to Battle the Virus," 11 Apr. 2020 No matter the finish, always spot test your walls first to be sure they won’t be damaged by water or the cleaning solution. Jennifer Kopf, Country Living, "How to Clean Walls so They Sparkle," 16 Jan. 2020 If any stains remain, sponge the surface with a cloth moistened in 1 cup rubbing alcohol and 1 cup warm water — but do a spot test on a hidden area first to make sure the fabric won't get damaged. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 That’s the official line from Facebook after the company was spotted testing the new feature on some people’s accounts on Thursday. David Meyer, Fortune, "A Facebook 'Dislike' Button? Site Is Experimenting With Reddit-Like Downvoting Instead," 9 Feb. 2018 The Oregonian | OregonLive Oregon State Police have abandoned a longstanding practice of spot testing drugs found during traffic stops out of fear that troopers may be exposed to the synthetic painkiller fentanyl. Noelle Crombie,, "Rise in fentanyl trafficking prompts Oregon State Police to drop field tests," 17 Jan. 2018 To make sure your cleaning products and method are a match with the material, spot test them first. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Paint Out of Clothes and More," 2 Jan. 2018 Before you rub something all over your face, Dr. Patel advises doing a spot test on the back of your hand or your arm. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "How to Make Sure Your Halloween Makeup Doesn't Cause Skin Issues," 20 Oct. 2017 While everyone else started sipping on PSLs and getting ready for fall, Kim Kardashian West was spotted testing the versatility of jean shorts by pairing them with a skin-tight, low-cut, leaves-little-to-the-imagination bodysuit. Madison Feller, Cosmopolitan, "Kim Kardashian Risked Freeing the Nipple in This Skintight Bodysuit," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of spot test

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Spot test.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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