WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016 test 1 /tɛst/
USA pronunciation n. [countable ]
a set of problems, questions, etc., for evaluating a person's abilities, skills, or performance: a driver's test.
the means by which the quality of anything is determined: a test of a new product.
a trial of the quality of something: to put the new car to the test. v.
to (cause someone to) undergo a test of any kind: The school has to test you on your writing ability. [~ + object ] The hospital wants to test for diabetes. [no object ] to perform on a test People test better in a relaxed environment. [no object ] See
. -test- -test-, root.
-test- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "witness.'' This meaning is found in such words as: attest, contest, detest, incontestable, intestate, pretest, protest, Protestant, protestation, test, testament, testate, testify, testimonial, testimony. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016 test
1 (test), n.
the means by which the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined; a means of trial.
the trial of the quality of something: to put to the test.
a particular process or method for trying or assessing.
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.
Psychology a set of standardized questions, problems, or tasks designed to elicit responses for use in measuring the traits, capacities, or achievements of an individual. [Psychol. ]
[Chem. ] 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.
an indication or evidence of the presence of a constituent, or of the nature of a substance, obtained by such means.
an oath or other confirmation of one's loyalty, religious beliefs, etc.
British Terms a cupel for refining or assaying metals. [Brit. ] v.t.
to subject to a test of any kind; try.
Chemistry to subject to a chemical test. [Chem. ]
Metallurgy to assay or refine in a cupel. [Metall. ] v.i.
to undergo a test or trial; try out.
to perform on a test: People test better in a relaxed environment. to conduct a test: to test for diabetes.
Latin testū, testum earthen pot; akin to test 2 Middle French Middle English: cupel 1350–1400
test ′a•ble, adj.
test′a•bil ′i•ty, n.
test ′ing•ly, adv.
1 . proof, assay. See trial. 9 . assay, prove, examine. test
2 (test), n.
Zoology the hard, protective shell or covering of certain invertebrates, as echinoderms or tunicates. [Zool. ] Botany testa. [Bot. ]
Latin testa tile, shell, covering; akin to test 1 1535–45 Test.,
Lawtestimony. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016 Pap (or pap ) test /ˈpæp ˌtɛst/ USA pronunciation n.
Medicinea test for cancer of the cervix. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016 Pap
′ test′ (pap),
Medicinea test for cancer of the cervix, consisting of the staining of cervical cells taken in a cervical or vaginal smear (Papfor examination of exfoliated cells. ′ smear′ or pap ′ smear′)
Medicinea vaginal Pap smear used to evaluate estrogen levels. Medicinean examination of exfoliated cells in any body fluid, as sputum or urine, for cancer cells. Also, pap ′ test′.
named after George Papanicolaou (1883–1962), U.south, southern. cytologist, born in Greece, who developed the staining method 1960–65
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
test / tɛst/ vb to ascertain (the worth, capability, or endurance) of (a person or thing) by subjection to certain examinations; try ( ) often followed by for to carry out an examination on (a substance, material, or system) by applying some chemical or physical procedure designed to indicate the presence of a substance or the possession of a property: to test food for arsenic, to test for magnetization ( intransitive) to achieve a specified result in a test: a quarter of the patients at the clinic tested positive for the AIDS virus ( transitive) to put under severe strain: the long delay tested my patience n a method, practice, or examination designed to test a person or thing a series of questions or problems designed to test a specific skill or knowledge a standard of judgment; criterion a chemical reaction or physical procedure for testing a substance, material, etc a chemical reagent used in such a procedure the result of the procedure or the evidence gained from it See test match archaic a declaration or confirmation of truth, loyalty, etc; oath ( modifier) performed as a test: test drive, test flight Etymology: 14 th Century (in the sense: vessel used in treating metals): from Latin testum earthen vessel ˈtestable adj ˌtestaˈbility n ˈtesting adj test / tɛst/ n the hard or tough outer covering of certain invertebrates and tunicates Etymology: 19 th Century: from Latin testa shell
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