test pattern

noun

Definition of test pattern 

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

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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, "'There There' weaves a powerful tale of contemporary urban Native Americans," 2 July 2018 This, from a league whose TV ratings are higher than test patterns, but lower than Liga MX. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: How will you feel when FC Cincinnati stadium saga ends?," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of test pattern

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

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