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

Examples of test bed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Brazil, the U.S. Embassy is using a $2 million grant to set up an Open RAN test bed in conjunction with the Brazilian telecommunications research lab CPQD. Eva Dou, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 Although the rocket will be used to offer commercial microgravity testing services, its primary role will be as a test bed for the company’s larger SL1 orbital rocket. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 18 Aug. 2023 Marvel Fusion has announced a public-private partnership with Colorado State University that will serve as a test bed for the company’s fusion development. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 California also has a history of being a test bed for future federal U.S. policies. Lily Hsueh, Fortune, 10 Oct. 2023 Hurricane Lee, which formed in the Atlantic early this month, became a test bed for the idea of using machine learning to predict weather. WIRED, 27 Sep. 2023 The 1,016 hp hybrid coupe and convertible are the latest additions to the Prancing Horse’s innovative XX Program where, since 2005, track-savvy clients refine their skills with limited-edition releases while participating in a Ferrari test bed for continuing aerodynamic and power-train advances. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 8 Sep. 2023 Claremont scholars describe Florida as a test bed for the new right, and at its annual gala in 2021, Claremont awarded Mr. DeSantis its statesmanship award. Nicholas Confessore, New York Times, 22 Aug. 2023 The Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at the University of Southern California explored a new storage-as-a-service solution while making Ripple Effect, an ambitious live-action short film that was envisioned as a test bed for virtual production technology. Ashley Lan, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022

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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 13 Apr. 2024.

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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