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

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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 Ohio State will have its top spot tested this week when Oklahoma comes to town. Ryan Ginn, ajc, "Ohio State football: Buckeyes open at No. 1 in first Land of 10 Power Poll," 3 Sep. 2017 No reliable on-the-spot test for marijuana intoxication exists. Ethan Siegel And Alex Berezow, WSJ, "We Need a DUI Test for Marijuana," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of spot test

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spot test was in 1928

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