WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
test1 /tɛst/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a set of problems, questions, etc., for evaluating a person's abilities, skills, or performance:a driver's test.
  2. the means by which the quality of anything is determined:a test of a new product.
  3. a trial of the quality of something:to put the new car to the test.

  • to (cause someone to) undergo a test of any kind: [+ object]The school has to test you on your writing ability.[no object]The hospital wants to test for diabetes.
  • [no object] to perform on a test:People test better in a relaxed environment.
  • 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 © 2015
    test1  (test), 
    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. Psychology[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.]
      • 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.
      • the reagent used.
      • 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. British Terms[Brit.]a cupel for refining or assaying metals.

  • to subject to a test of any kind;
  • Chemistry[Chem.]to subject to a chemical test.
  • Metallurgy[Metall.]to assay or refine in a cupel.

  • 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.
  • Etymology:
    • Latin testū, testum earthen pot; akin to test2
    • Middle French
    • Middle English: cupel 1350–1400
    testa•ble, adj. 
    test′a•bili•ty, n. 
    testing•ly, adv. 
    1 . proof, assay. See trial. 9 . assay, prove, examine.
    test2  (test), 
    1. Zoology[Zool.]the hard, protective shell or covering of certain invertebrates, as echinoderms or tunicates.
    2. Botany[Bot.]testa.
    • Latin testa tile, shell, covering; akin to test1
    • 1535–45


  • Lawtestator.
  • Lawtestimony.

  • WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
    Pap (or pap )test /ˈpæp ˌtɛst/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]
    Medicinea test for cancer of the cervix.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    Pap test′  (pap), 
  • Medicinea test for cancer of the cervix, consisting of the staining of cervical cells taken in a cervical or vaginal smear(Pap smear′ or pap smear′)for examination of exfoliated cells.
  • 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′. Also called Papanicolaou 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
    1. to ascertain (the worth, capability, or endurance) of (a person or thing) by subjection to certain examinations; try
    2. (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
    3. (intransitive) to achieve a specified result in a test: a quarter of the patients at the clinic tested positive for the AIDS virus
    4. (transitive) to put under severe strain: the long delay tested my patience
    1. a method, practice, or examination designed to test a person or thing
    2. a series of questions or problems designed to test a specific skill or knowledge
    3. a standard of judgment; criterion
    4. a chemical reaction or physical procedure for testing a substance, material, etc
    5. a chemical reagent used in such a procedure
    6. the result of the procedure or the evidence gained from it
    7. See test match
    8. archaic a declaration or confirmation of truth, loyalty, etc; oath
    9. (modifier) performed as a test: test drive, test flight
    Etymology: 14th Century (in the sense: vessel used in treating metals): from Latin testum earthen vessel

    ˈtestable adj ˌtestaˈbility n ˈtesting adj
    test /tɛst/ n
    1. the hard or tough outer covering of certain invertebrates and tunicates
    Etymology: 19th Century: from Latin testa shell

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