testing

adjective
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

Examples of testing in a Sentence

beginning rock climbers should choose a less testing route to the summit
Recent Examples on the Web So a review of the principles and record of means-testing social programs is warranted. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 The debate among Democrats has cut across typical ideological lines, with centrist and moderate Democrats lining up in favor and against means-testing elements of the bill. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 There were only 40 lucky guests invited—two of whom unluckily could not attend after pre-testing positive for Covid—to what was effectively the launch of Marcelo Burlon’s new charitable foundation this July. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 7 Sep. 2021 The agency also advises mask wearing, pre-testing and quarantining after disembarking. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 In gathering responses, a variety of quality control measures were employed, including questionnaire pre-testing and validation. oregonlive, 22 May 2021 In gathering responses, a variety of quality control measures were employed, including questionnaire pre-testing and validation. oregonlive, 22 May 2021 In gathering responses, a variety of quality control measures were employed, including questionnaire pre-testing and validation. oregonlive, 22 May 2021 In gathering responses, a variety of quality control measures were employed, including questionnaire pre-testing and validation. oregonlive, 22 May 2021

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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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24 Oct 2021

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“Testing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testing. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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testing

adjective

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: difficult to deal with

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