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.
1. The act of testing or proving; trial; proof.
2. Metal. The operation of refining gold or silver in a test, or cupel; cupellation.
Testing machine Engin., a machine used in the determination of the strength of materials, as iron, stone, etc., and their behavior under strains of various kinds, as elongation, bending, crushing, etc.
n 1: the act of subjecting to experimental test in order to
determine how well something works; "they agreed to end
the testing of atomic weapons"
2: an examination of the characteristics of something; "there
are laboratories for commercial testing"; "it involved
testing thousands of children for smallpox"
3: the act of giving students or candidates a test (as by
questions) to determine what they know or have learned