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  8  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Test  \Test\,  n.  [OE.  test  test,  or  cupel,  potsherd,  F.  t[^e]t, 
  from  L.  testum  an  earthen  vessel;  akin  to  testa  a  piece  of 
  burned  clay,  an  earthen  pot,  a  potsherd,  perhaps  for  tersta, 
  and  akin  to  torrere  to  patch,  terra  earth  (cf.  {Thirst},  and 
  {Terrace}),  but  cf  Zend  tasta  cup.  Cf  {Test}  a  shell, 
  {Testaceous},  {Tester}  a  covering,  a  coin,  {Testy}, 
  {T[^e]te-[`a]-t[^e]te}.] 
  1.  (Metal.)  A  cupel  or  cupelling  hearth  in  which  precious 
  metals  are  melted  for  trial  and  refinement. 
 
  Our  ingots,  tests,  and  many  mo  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  Examination  or  trial  by  the  cupel;  hence  any  critical 
  examination  or  decisive  trial;  as  to  put  a  man's 
  assertions  to  a  test.  ``Bring  me  to  the  test.''  --Shak. 
 
  3.  Means  of  trial;  as  absence  is  a  test  of  love. 
 
  Each  test  every  light  her  muse  will  bear.  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  That  with  which  anything  is  compared  for  proof  of  its 
  genuineness;  a  touchstone;  a  standard. 
 
  Life,  force,  and  beauty  must  to  all  impart,  At  once 
  the  source,  and  end  and  test  of  art.  --Pope. 
 
  5.  Discriminative  characteristic;  standard  of  judgment; 
  ground  of  admission  or  exclusion. 
 
  Our  test  excludes  your  tribe  from  benefit.  --Dryden. 
 
  6.  Judgment;  distinction;  discrimination. 
 
  Who  would  excel,  when  few  can  make  a  test  Betwixt 
  indifferent  writing  and  the  best?  --Dryden. 
 
  7.  (Chem.)  A  reaction  employed  to  recognize  or  distinguish 
  any  particular  substance  or  constituent  of  a  compound,  as 
  the  production  of  some  characteristic  precipitate;  also 
  the  reagent  employed  to  produce  such  reaction;  thus  the 
  ordinary  test  for  sulphuric  acid  is  the  production  of  a 
  white  insoluble  precipitate  of  barium  sulphate  by  means  of 
  some  soluble  barium  salt. 
 
  {Test  act}  (Eng.  Law),  an  act  of  the  English  Parliament 
  prescribing  a  form  of  oath  and  declaration  against 
  transubstantiation,  which  all  officers,  civil  and 
  military,  were  formerly  obliged  to  take  within  six  months 
  after  their  admission  to  office.  They  were  obliged  also  to 
  receive  the  sacrament  according  to  the  usage  of  the  Church 
  of  England.  --Blackstone. 
 
  {Test  object}  (Optics),  an  object  which  tests  the  power  or 
  quality  of  a  microscope  or  telescope,  by  requiring  a 
  certain  degree  of  excellence  in  the  instrument  to 
  determine  its  existence  or  its  peculiar  texture  or 
  markings. 
 
  {Test  paper}. 
  a  (Chem.)  Paper  prepared  for  use  in  testing  for  certain 
  substances  by  being  saturated  with  a  reagent  which 
  changes  color  in  some  specific  way  when  acted  upon  by 
  those  substances;  thus  litmus  paper  is  turned  red  by 
  acids,  and  blue  by  alkalies,  turmeric  paper  is  turned 
  brown  by  alkalies,  etc 
  b  (Law)  An  instrument  admitted  as  a  standard  or 
  comparison  of  handwriting  in  those  jurisdictions  in 
  which  comparison  of  hands  is  permitted  as  a  mode  of 
  proving  handwriting. 
 
  {Test  tube}.  (Chem.) 
  a  A  simple  tube  of  thin  glass,  closed  at  one  end  for 
  heating  solutions  and  for  performing  ordinary 
  reactions. 
  b  A  graduated  tube. 
 
  Syn:  Criterion;  standard;  experience;  proof;  experiment; 
  trial. 
 
  Usage:  {Test},  {Trial}.  Trial  is  the  wider  term;  test  is  a 
  searching  and  decisive  trial.  It  is  derived  from  the 
  Latin  testa  (earthen  pot),  which  term  was  early 
  applied  to  the  fining  pot,  or  crucible,  in  which 
  metals  are  melted  for  trial  and  refinement.  Hence  the 
  peculiar  force  of  the  word  as  indicating  a  trial  or 
  criterion  of  the  most  decisive  kind 
 
  I  leave  him  to  your  gracious  acceptance,  whose 
  trial  shall  better  publish  his  commediation 
  --Shak. 
 
  Thy  virtue,  prince,  has  stood  the  test  of 
  fortune,  Like  purest  gold,  that  tortured  in  the 
  furnace,  Comes  out  more  bright,  and  brings  forth 
  all  its  weight.  --Addison. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Test  \Test\,  n.  [L.  testis.  Cf  {Testament},  {Testify}.] 
  A  witness.  [Obs.] 
 
  Prelates  and  great  lords  of  England,  who  were  for  the 
  more  surety  tests  of  that  deed.  --Ld.  Berners 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Test  \Test\,  v.  i.  [L.  testari  See  {Testament}.] 
  To  make  a  testament,  or  will  [Obs.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Test  \Test\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Tested};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Testing}.] 
  1.  (Metal.)  To  refine,  as  gold  or  silver,  in  a  test,  or 
  cupel;  to  subject  to  cupellation. 
 
  2.  To  put  to  the  proof;  to  prove  the  truth,  genuineness,  or 
  quality  of  by  experiment,  or  by  some  principle  or 
  standard;  to  try  as  to  test  the  soundness  of  a 
  principle;  to  test  the  validity  of  an  argument. 
 
  Experience  is  the  surest  standard  by  which  to  test 
  the  real  tendency  of  the  existing  constitution. 
  --Washington. 
 
  3.  (Chem.)  To  examine  or  try  as  by  the  use  of  some  reagent; 
  as  to  test  a  solution  by  litmus  paper. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Test  \Test\,  Testa  \Tes"ta\,  n.;  pl  E.  {Tests},  L.  {Test[ae]}. 
  [L.  testa  a  piece  of  burned  clay,  a  broken  piece  of 
  earthenware,  a  shell.  See  {Test}  a  cupel.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  external  hard  or  firm  covering  of  many 
  invertebrate  animals. 
 
  Note:  The  test  of  crustaceans  and  insects  is  composed  largely 
  of  chitin;  in  mollusks  it  is  composed  chiefly  of 
  calcium  carbonate,  and  is  called  the  shell. 
 
  2.  (Bot.)  The  outer  integument  of  a  seed;  the  episperm,  or 
  spermoderm. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  test 
  adj  :  of  the  nature  of  or  undergoing  an  experiment;  "an 
  experimental  drug";  "a  pilot  project";  "a  test  run";  "a 
  trial  separation"  [syn:  {experimental},  {model(a)},  {pilot(a)}, 
  {test(a)},  {trial(a)}] 
  n  1:  trying  something  to  find  out  about  it  "a  sample  for  ten 
  days  free  trial";  "a  trial  of  progesterone  failed  to 
  relieve  the  pain"  [syn:  {trial},  {tryout}] 
  2:  any  standardized  procedure  for  measuring  sensitivity  or 
  memory  or  intelligence  or  aptitude  etc  "the  test  was 
  standardized  on  a  large  sample  of  students"  [syn:  {mental 
  test},  {mental  testing},  {psychometric  test}] 
  3:  an  appraisal  of  the  state  of  affairs;  "they  made  an  assay  of 
  the  contents";  "a  check  on  its  dependability  under  stress" 
  [syn:  {assay},  {check}] 
  4:  a  set  of  questions  or  exercises  evaluating  skill  or 
  knowledge;  "when  the  test  was  stolen  the  professor  had  to 
  make  a  new  set  of  questions"  [syn:  {examination},  {exam}] 
  5:  the  act  of  undergoing  testing;  "he  survived  the  great  test 
  of  battle";  "candidates  must  compete  in  a  trial  of  skill" 
  [syn:  {trial}] 
  6:  the  act  of  testing  something  "in  the  experimental  trials 
  the  amount  of  carbon  was  measured  separately";  "he  called 
  each  flip  of  the  coin  a  new  trial"  [syn:  {trial},  {run}] 
  7:  a  hard  outer  covering  as  of  some  amoebas  and  sea  urchins 
  v  1:  put  to  the  test,  as  for  its  quality,  or  give  experimental 
  use  to  "This  approach  has  been  tried  with  good 
  results";  "Test  this  recipe"  [syn:  {prove},  {try},  {try 
  out},  {examine},  {essay}] 
  2:  test  or  examine  for  the  presence  of  disease  or  infection; 
  "screen  the  blood  for  the  HIV  virus"  [syn:  {screen}] 
  3:  examine  someone's  knowledge  of  something  "The  teacher  tests 
  us  every  week";  "We  got  quizzed  on  French  irregular  verbs" 
  [syn:  {quiz}] 
  4:  show  a  certain  characteristic  when  tested;  "He  tested 
  positive  for  HIV" 
  5:  achieve  a  certain  score  or  rating  on  a  test;  "She  tested 
  high  on  the  LSAT  and  was  admitted  to  all  the  good  law 
  schools" 
  6:  determine  the  presence  or  properties  of  (a  substance) 
  7:  undergo  a  test;  "She  doesn't  test  well" 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  test  n.  1.  Real  users  bashing  on  a  prototype  long  enough  to 
  get  thoroughly  acquainted  with  it  with  careful  monitoring  and  followup 
  of  the  results.  2.  Some  bored  random  user  trying  a  couple  of  the 
  simpler  features  with  a  developer  looking  over  his  or  her  shoulder, 
  ready  to  pounce  on  mistakes.  Judging  by  the  quality  of  most  software, 
  the  second  definition  is  far  more  prevalent.  See  also  {demo}. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  test 
 
  1.  The  process  of  exercising  a  product  to  identify  differences 
  between  expected  and  actual  behaviour.  Typically  testing  is 
  bottom-up:  unit  test,  integration  test  and  finally  system 
  test.  Ideally  testing  should  be  done  by  real  users  bashing  on 
  a  prototype  long  enough  to  get  thoroughly  acquainted  with  it 
  with  careful  monitoring  and  followup  of  the  results. 
 
  {Test  coverage}  attempts  to  assess  how  complete  a  test  has 
  been 
 
  2.  The  second  stage  in  a  {generate  and  test}  search 
  {algorithm}. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 




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