test pattern


Definition of 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 In 1953, something as simple as a test pattern was an advertised event. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Oct. 2021 Prior to the debut of the then-novel, post-11pm programming, the nightly news would give way to a test pattern, and then static -- a foreign visual today, in an era when there is always something to stream. CNN, 7 May 2021 Many would be able to remember the Indian Head test pattern that was widely broadcast each night on American televisions up through the 1970s. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 July 2018 This, from a league whose TV ratings are higher than test patterns, but lower than Liga MX. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of test pattern

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of test pattern was circa 1946

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27 Oct 2021

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“Test pattern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20pattern. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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