test bed

noun

Definition of 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

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The engines were subjected to flight tests last March when a single turbine was paired to a Boeing 747 test bed. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "GE's Enormous New Jet Engines Sound Fiercely Loud in Runway Test," 17 Jan. 2019 For one thing, Haiyangshan is an obsolete vessel, so China could either use it as a test bed for something or scrap it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China’s Railgun Has Reportedly Gone to Sea," 31 Dec. 2018 Featuring brake-by-wire on a performance car like Alfa's is important because such vehicles are a test bed to see how enthusiasts react to electric systems replacing mechanical counterparts. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "Why Brake-By-Wire Is Coming To Your Car," 12 July 2018 The carrier is three years behind schedule, largely due to the difficulty of transitioning new technologies from test beds to fully operational equipment. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "First of Its Class, America's Newest Aircraft Carrier Is Underway at Sea," 10 Apr. 2017 Their suspicions about turning part of Toronto into a corporate test bed were triggered, at first, by the company’s history of unethical corporate practices and surreptitious data collection. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 Ford has been using Miami as a test bed for its self-driving vehicles since earlier this year. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Ford teaming up with Walmart and Postmates on robot deliveries," 14 Nov. 2018 Affectionately called Little Red, the 1967 model was an experimental car that Ford loaned to Carrol Shelby to use as a test bed for the development of performance parts. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "'Little Red' 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 found after 50 years, could be worth millions," 17 Aug. 2018 Part of that increased budget would have to be dedicated to building new infrastructure, such as fast-flux test facilities and other system test beds. David Roberts, Vox, "The US is rapidly losing nuclear power. That’s profoundly concerning for climate change.," 11 July 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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