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  Dictionary Definition of test

test [1]
1. that 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 of doing this.
4. Education a form of examination for evaluating the performance and capabilities of a student or class.
5. Psychology a standardised procedure for eliciting responses upon which appraisal of the individual can be based: an intelligence test.
6. Chemistry a. the process of detecting the presence of an ingredient in a compound or the like, 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 component in a mixture, or of the nature of a substance, obtained by such means.
7. a cupel for assaying or refining metals.
8. Sport test match.
-- verb (t)
9. to subject to a test of any kind; try.
10. Chemistry to subject to a chemical test.
11. to assay or refine in a test or cupel.
-- verb (i)
12. to conduct a test or series of tests.
13. to return results, usually specified, from a biological test: twelve teenagers tested positive for AIDS.
[ME, from OF: cupel, from L testu ( m ), var. of testa tile, earthen vessel, pot]
-- testable, adjective