test·​ing | \ ˈte-stiŋ How to pronounce testing (audio) \

Definition of testing

: requiring maximum effort or ability a most difficult and testing problem— Ernest Bevin

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Examples of testing in a Sentence

beginning rock climbers should choose a less testing route to the summit
Recent Examples on the Web Amazon’s still-in-beta-testing Explore platform features similar online jaunts, with sessions welcoming you to tour Hong Kong’s working-class Sham Shui Po neighborhood or virtually shop for traditional arts and crafts in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Vicky Hallett, National Geographic, "Master these travel skills now for smarter trips later," 6 Oct. 2020 In the southwestern Missouri city of Joplin, a bastion of Trump support, mask use has been spotty even as infection rates remain high and testing kits run low. Washington Post, "Covid-19 survivors see callousness, not compassion, in Trump’s bout with the virus," 7 Oct. 2020 The new pre-testing program is scheduled to begin Oct. 15, according to Ige's announcement. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Travelers to Hawaii Can Bypass Quarantine With a Negative COVID-19 Test Starting Oct. 15," 17 Sep. 2020 Hawaii was supposed to instate a pre-testing program that would eliminate the need for out-of-state travelers to quarantine in August. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Hawaii Will Now Require Travelers to Fill Out a Health Application Before Boarding Their Flight," 31 Aug. 2020 Sometimes, your doctor will do an HPV test at the same time as the Pap test (this is called co-testing), also by taking samples from outside the cervix. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Can You Get a Pap Smear on Your Period? Here's What Ob-Gyns Say," 28 Aug. 2020 But the city’s response time was slow and testing efforts were delayed, the community group said. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Casa Quezada operators accuse SF officials of delaying testing at program where 22 were infected," 24 Apr. 2020 Health care professionals and patients also have found testing criteria confusing and incomplete. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Arizona appears far behind many other states in coronavirus testing — Here's what we know about the numbers," 17 Mar. 2020 And investors expect a more testing economic climate. The Economist, "More market volatility seems likely," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of testing

1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of testing was in 1858

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23 Oct 2020

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“Testing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testing. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of testing

: difficult to deal with

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