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 cells were not expected to produce much power during flight but instead helped serve as a test bed for future ion propulsion engines. Amy Thompson, Smithsonian, "LightSail 2 Launches to Space to Soar on the Power of Sunshine," 25 June 2019 The contest has the drilling systems extracting water from a test bed of ice, rock and soil. USA TODAY, "Black Hills yaks, serious senioritis on campus, Pony Express: News from around our 50 states," 10 June 2019 Well, not necessarily. The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab tests bed sheets for fabric strength, pilling resistance, shrinkage, and more, then dozens of consumer testers rate them in a blind comparison for softness and overall feel. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "Does the Thread Count of Your Sheets Matter? Bedding Experts Reveal the Truth," 17 May 2019 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

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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