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Definition of Test


  1. A cupel or cupelling hearth in which precious metals are melted for trial and refinement.
  2. Examination or trial by the cupel; hence, any critical examination or decisive trial; as, to put a man's assertions to a test.
  3. Means of trial; as, absence is a test of love.
  4. That with which anything is compared for proof of its genuineness; a touchstone; a standard.
  5. Discriminative characteristic; standard of judgment; ground of admission or exclusion.
  6. Judgment; distinction; discrimination.
  7. 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.
  8. To refine, as gold or silver, in a test, or cupel; to subject to cupellation.
  9. 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.
  10. To examine or try, as by the use of some reagent; as, to test a solution by litmus paper.
  11. A witness.
  12. To make a testament, or will.
  13. Alt. of Testa

Test Quotations

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.
David Allan Coe

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. - Robert Green Ingersoll
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
Robert Green Ingersoll

The romantic love we feel toward the opposite sex is probably one extra help from God to bring you together, but that's it. All the rest of it, the true love, is the test.
Joan Chen

In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
Tom Bodett
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Test Translations

test in Afrikaans is eksamen, probeer, navorsing, toets, aanpak, poging
test in Dutch is examen, keuring, onderzoek
test in Finnish is koettaa
test in French is essayer, test, examen, tester
test in Italian is prova, esamino, provare, prova
test in Latin is probatur, experior (experiri; expertus )
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