Test, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tested; p. pr. & vb. n. Testing.]
1. Metal. To refine, as gold or silver, in a test, or cupel; to subject to cupellation.
2. 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.
Experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution. --Washington.
3. Chem. To examine or try, as by the use of some reagent; as, to test a solution by litmus paper.
adj 1: tested and proved useful or correct; "a tested method" [syn:
2: tested and proved to be reliable [syn: time-tested, tried,
tried and true]