trial

noun
tri·​al | \ˈtrī(-ə)l \

Definition of trial 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the formal examination before a competent tribunal of the matter in issue in a civil or criminal cause in order to determine such issue

2a : the action or process of trying or putting to the proof : test

b : a preliminary contest (as in a sport)

3a : a tryout or experiment to test quality, value, or usefulness — compare clinical trial

b : one of a number of repetitions of an experiment

4 : a test of faith, patience, or stamina through subjection to suffering or temptation broadly : a source of vexation or annoyance

5 : attempt

trial

adjective

Definition of trial (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or used in a trial

2 : made or done as a test or experiment

3 : used or tried out in a test or experiment

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Examples of trial in a Sentence

Noun

He did not get a fair trial. He testified at the trial. She is awaiting trial on charges of assault. Early trials have shown that the treatment has some serious side effects. Recovering from her injury was a real trial of strength. I know I was a bit of a trial to my parents when I was a teenager. Cold winters can be a trial for older people.

Adjective

trial use of the product If you choose to use the software beyond the 30-day free trial period, you are required to pay for it.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her private trials—a miscarriage, IVF treatments, couples counseling—have already been trumpeted by a gossipy media. Kay S. Hymowitz, WSJ, "‘Becoming’ Review: The Sound of Striving," 12 Nov. 2018 Many of them read emotional testimonies in Judge Rosemarie Aquilina's courtroom during his trial. Glamour, "Aly Raisman: We Are a Group That Fought Until an Abuser Was Stopped," 12 Nov. 2018 He was indicted on corruption charges in 2015, and his trial ended with a hung jury and mistrial last year. Anna North, Vox, "How Republicans are using the language of #MeToo against Democrats," 24 Oct. 2018 Ever since Waymo launched its driverless car trials in Phoenix, promoting the service with a video showing suburbanites extolling the benefits of driverless transportation, the AV startup seemed focused on everyday, even mundane, aspects of travel. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "9 cities with smart ideas to improve transportation," 18 Sep. 2018 The Michael Monsoor finished its acceptance trials back in February of 2018. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A Blown Engine Sent the Navy's Second Stealth Destroyer Back to the Shipyard," 20 July 2018 Roden was indicted and determined incompetent to stand trial. Fox News, "Lawyer: Suspect in Tulsa-area bomb denied correct medication," 13 July 2018 The decision is a setback for the Spanish judiciary, which had hoped the German court would allow Puigdemont to stand trial on a rebellion charge, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years. Raphael Minder And Christopher F. Schuetze, BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-Catalonia leader can be extradited, but not on the charge Spain wants," 13 July 2018 With regard to the Johnson & Johnson suit, the trial was not about proving the safety or danger of talc, but rather whether the company had withheld information from consumers about the potential risks. Elizabeth Inglese, Vogue, "Why Johnson & Johnson’s $4.7 Billion Baby Powder Lawsuit Is Important for Women Everywhere," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

People lined up in front of the downtown Orlando courthouse to get tickets for the courtroom where her mother, Casey, stood trial three years later — and was acquitted of murder. Red Huber, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Casey Anthony saga 10 years later — A look back through iconic pictures," 22 June 2018 But the bill would essentially skirt the FDA’s normal approval process to get trial medicines more rapidly to patients with life-threatening illnesses. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "House Approves Giving Terminally Ill Quicker Access to Experimental Drugs," 22 May 2018 Only 50 of those trial color scheme hoodies were produced and sold in 23 regional shops. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "10 years after Rowan student's brutal killing, $100K reward remains unclaimed," 30 Oct. 2017 Trial 5 (Epilogue) The Funk Situation: Standard build-up from a couple weeks of coffee/water use. Maggie Lange, Bon Appetit, "How to Get the Coffee Taste Out of Your Water Bottle," 29 Aug. 2017 Trial lawyer Jen Jordan has already announced her candidacy. Greg Bluestein, ajc, "Georgia GOP’s ex-minority engagement guru seeks state Senate gig," 17 Aug. 2017 A trial court decision that Microsoft should be broken up was overturned on appeal (though not the court’s finding of monopoly), and ultimately the case was settled by the George W. Bush administration. Paula Dwyer, Bloomberg.com, "Should America’s Tech Giants Be Broken Up?," 20 July 2017 Trial counsel runs around the conference table in his office and threatens to call the police. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Kwame Kilpatrick: I tried to beat up my lawyer before trial; he ran around a table," 13 July 2017 Trial preparations against Jameav and his co-defendant, Uzbekistan refugee Jamshid Muhtorov, took years, in part because the cases delved into complex national security issues including the use of non-warrant wire taps. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Federal judge delays start of terrorism trial in Denver for 9 months," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of trial

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Adjective

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trial

Noun

Anglo-French, from trier to try

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trial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a formal meeting in a court in which evidence about crimes, disagreements, etc., is presented to a judge and often a jury so that decisions can be made according to the law

: a test of the quality, value, or usefulness of something

: a test of someone's ability to do something that is used to see if he or she should join a team, perform in a play, etc.

trial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of trial (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or used in a test that is done for a period of time to see if something is worth buying, using, etc.

trial

noun
tri·​al | \ˈtrī-əl \

Kids Definition of trial

1 : the hearing and judgment of something in court

2 : a test of someone's ability to do or endure something

3 : an experiment to test quality, value, or usefulness

4 : the action or process of trying or testing

trial

noun
tri·​al | \ˈtrī(-ə)l \

Medical Definition of trial 

1 : a tryout or experiment to test quality, value, or usefulness — see clinical trial

2 : one of a number of repetitions of an experiment

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trial

noun
tri·​al

Legal Definition of trial 

: a judicial examination of issues of fact or law disputed by parties for the purpose of determining the rights of the parties — compare hearing, inquest

at trial

: in or during the course of a trial

History and Etymology for trial

Anglo-French, from trier to try

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