test pattern


: a fixed picture broadcast by a television station to assist viewers in adjusting their receivers

Examples of test pattern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jackson’s image glows blood-red, then flips to a television test pattern as the kids file out into the world. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 The challenge within the testing process is optimizing how effectively the test patterns can identify potential defects in the chip while balancing the run time and cost of these tests. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 4 May 2023 Engineers use automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) and design-for-testability to create more efficient test patterns. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 4 May 2023 More staggeringly, the finale was watched in over 60% of US homes, commanding the attention of more than three out of four TV sets in use (that is, its share of audience), meaning that every other programmer might as well have been running a test pattern. Brian Lowry, CNN, 28 Feb. 2023 In early October 1953, KOOL-TV planned to air a test pattern. Donna Reiner, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2022 Who programmed that siren test pattern? W. S. Di Piero, The Atlantic, 15 Nov. 2020 Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa got on the field so early to prepare for the Dolphins’ Saturday night NFL preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders that the videoboard at Hard Rock Stadium showed a test pattern of colorful stripes. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 22 Aug. 2022 Local stations typically only showed a test pattern at 7 a.m. Brian Stelter, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of test pattern was circa 1946

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“Test pattern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20pattern. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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