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

Examples of test bed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This will be the 12th launch of a large batch of Starlink satellites, although the first 60 satellites launched in May 2019 were, to some extent, a test bed for future iterations. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX targets another Starlink launch Thursday to continue record pace," 3 Sep. 2020 Last week, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette visited the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., to unveil what amounts to a more powerful test bed for some of those high-tech innovations. John Fialka, Scientific American, "This Lab Aims to Prepare the U.S. Electricity Grid for a Climate Transformation," 17 Aug. 2020 On Tuesday at the Singapore air show, Airbus revealed one of its new technology test beds. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Airbus shows off MAVERIC, an unusual aircraft to test blended wing bodies," 11 Feb. 2020 The models, hypotheses and lab experiments of exoplanet researchers are a test bed to question what's possible. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronomers are changing the way we think of 'potentially habitable' planets," 4 May 2020 To wit, Russian air defense has improved by using Syria as a test bed. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "The U.S. Risks Losing the Drone-War Arms Race," 4 May 2020 The moon offers an ideal test bed for the technologies and systems needed for more extensive space exploration. Roger D. Launius For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "It's time for us to go back to the moon — and stay there," 11 Mar. 2020 The spacecraft are believed to fly as orbital test beds for advanced technology sensors and other systems but the program is classified, and the Air Force provides few details. William Harwood, CBS News, "Air Force spaceplane returns to Earth after 780-day mission," 27 Oct. 2019 All this provides an excellent test bed for finding a way to vaccinate the broad population during a pandemic. Keith Joiner, The Conversation, "Airplanes spread diseases quickly – so maybe unvaccinated people shouldn’t be allowed to fly," 26 Feb. 2020

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Test bed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20bed. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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