test bed


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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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 Should gene-drive technology prove effective at controlling rodents, islands are an ideal test bed, says Heath Packard, director of Island Conservation in Santa Cruz, California, a GBIRd partner that focuses on eradicating invasive pests. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, "Controversial CRISPR “Gene Drives” Tested in Mammals for the First Time," 10 July 2018 Obviously, Niklas' boat is a fantastic showcase opportunity and a test bed. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom pioneers electric racing yacht," 7 May 2018 Once considered mere gathering places for teens, skate parks have emerged in recent years as intriguing test beds for forward-thinking urban ideas. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Luxembourg skatepark design nods to 17th-century fortress nearby," 13 June 2018 But the main purpose of the near-lunar habitat will be as a test bed for the new-generation electric propulsion systems that will also be crucial for a Mars trip. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "This Is NASA's Plan For Humanity's Return to the Moon, and Beyond," 8 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of test bed

1914, in the meaning defined above

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