test bed


: a vehicle (such as an airplane) used for testing new equipment (such as engines or weapons systems)
broadly : any device, facility, or means for testing something in development

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These weapons experts say that Ukraine is now bearing the brunt of Iran’s advanced drone industry, turning the country into a test bed for its weapons. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2022 Refined to deliver elevated performance on both the street and track, this enhanced 911 GT3 is a test bed for parts development, elaborating every idea hatched up by Sofronas and his team. Ronald Ahrens, Robb Report, 27 Oct. 2022 The school has become a test bed for such research. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Aug. 2022 The Artemis project will also serve as a test bed for technologies developed through public-private partnerships. Wired, 13 Aug. 2022 While the Indiana Department of Transportation announced plans to create its own test bed for this kind of technology on a quarter-mile stretch of highway, the project is years away from being embedded into existing roads. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 17 June 2022 Now Porsche has revealed the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance, which will act as a test bed for that future electric race car and likely previews the next generation of the 718 Boxster and Cayman, which are also set to get an electric powertrain. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 17 May 2022 There could be a Civic, an MDX, an IndyCar racer, a drone, and an architectural model bolted to the test bed in a single week. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 21 Mar. 2022 Ukraine has become the latest test bed for misinformation. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of test bed was in 1914

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“Test bed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20bed. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

test bed


: a vehicle (as an airplane) used for testing new equipment
also : any device, facility, or means for testing something in development
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