Meaning of TEST in English


test 1

— testable , adj. — testability , n. — testingly , adv.

/test/ , n.

1. the means by which the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined; a means of trial.

2. the trial of the quality of something: to put to the test.

3. a particular process or method for trying or assessing.

4. a set of questions, problems, or the like, used as a means of evaluating the abilities, aptitudes, skills, or performance of an individual or group; examination.

5. Psychol. a set of standardized questions, problems, or tasks designed to elicit responses for use in measuring the traits, capacities, or achievements of an individual.

6. Chem.

a. the process of identifying or detecting the presence of a constituent of a substance, or of determining the nature of a substance, commonly by the addition of a reagent.

b. the reagent used.

c. an indication or evidence of the presence of a constituent, or of the nature of a substance, obtained by such means.

7. an oath or other confirmation of one's loyalty, religious beliefs, etc.

8. Brit. a cupel for refining or assaying metals.


9. to subject to a test of any kind; try.

10. Chem. to subject to a chemical test.

11. Metall. to assay or refine in a cupel.


12. to undergo a test or trial; try out.

13. to perform on a test: People test better in a relaxed environment.

14. to conduct a test: to test for diabetes.

[ 1350-1400; ME: cupel testu, testum earthen pot; akin to TEST 2 ]

Syn. 1. proof, assay. See trial. 9. assay, prove, examine.

test 2

/test/ , n.

1. Zool. the hard, protective shell or covering of certain invertebrates, as echinoderms or tunicates.

2. Bot. testa.

[ 1535-45; testa tile, shell, covering; akin to TEST 1 ]

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