trial and error


Definition of trial and error

: a finding out of the best way to reach a desired result or a correct solution by trying out one or more ways or means and by noting and eliminating errors or causes of failure also : the trying of one thing or another until something succeeds

Examples of trial and error in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But finding the best running shoe can feel like searching for other hard-to-find pieces, Goldilocks trial and error included. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 June 2022 In this case, a soft yarn sourced from Japan after years of trial and error by the designer Anna Berger of Deta. New York Times, 14 June 2022 The principles of a lean startup always imply that trial and error are your biggest allies. Yec, Forbes, 5 May 2022 These stick and poke tattoos, just like any other form of tattooing, took a lot of trial and error to get right. Thalía Henao, Allure, 10 June 2022 Fitness and exercise, like life, is full of trial and error. Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 26 May 2022 Conducting in-person contextual inquiries takes time to plan and execute, thus knowing how to properly strategize for a contextual interview can save you time from trial and error. Goran Paun, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Recreating a healthier version of our favorite sugary products is never easy, and can take a lot of trial and error to get just right, especially for mass production. Rachel King, Fortune, 8 May 2022 Newell designed this ungainly Willy Wonka–esque apparatus over decades in a costly process of trial and error that faced—and ultimately overcame—several challenges, including protecting the mussels from turbulent seas and voracious eider ducks. Ellen Ruppel Shell, Scientific American, 1 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of trial and error

1806, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2022

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“Trial and error.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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