trial run

noun

Definition of trial run 

: a testing exercise : experiment

Examples of trial run in a Sentence

They will put the software through many trial runs before putting it on the market. We will have to give the machine a trial run.

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This marked the first of a seven-game trial run to see how the fans and the policies would work. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "'Liquid energy': Beer served at TCU baseball game for first time ever | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 2 May 2018 On its first trial runs in live traffic, the Combino performed as expected on its 3.7-mile (6km) route. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "World's First Self-Driving Trolley Starts Taking Passengers," 24 Sep. 2018 That will help show how useful this trial run of pre-storm analysis was. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "A quick simulation of Hurricane Florence done without climate change," 13 Sep. 2018 Jones was skeptical about the idea until Johnston spoke a few Navajo words to him and was asked to do a trial run with Navajo people. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talkers created an unbreakable code. It helped win World War II," 11 July 2018 The massive ship, which made its trial run last week from France, cost $1.1 billion to make and took over two and a half years to build. Kari Costas, ELLE Decor, "The World's Largest Cruise Ship Has Officially Set Sail," 14 Mar. 2016 Shortly after my separation came my trial run: A thyroid ultrasound initially appeared to show a malignancy that was soon declared normal. Washington Post, "When you’re aging alone, who will take care of you if you get sick?," 9 July 2018 The Oakland Raiders didn't wait long to end their trial run on Christian Hackenberg. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Raiders waive QB Christian Hackenberg three weeks after trading for him," 12 June 2018 There was one big question hovering over the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s ambitious programs at Carnegie Hall this week: How would the tenor Jonas Kaufmann fare in his trial run in one of the mightiest roles in opera, Wagner’s Tristan? Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: Jonas Kaufmann Takes a Big Step Toward ‘Tristan’," 13 Apr. 2018

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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trial run

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trial run

: a test in which a product or procedure is tried in order to see if it works correctly

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