1. the act of testing something;
- Example: "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"
- Example: "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
[syn: test, trial, run]
2. trying something to find out about it;
- Example: "a sample for ten days free trial"
- Example: "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
[syn: trial, trial run, test, tryout]
3. the act of undergoing testing;
- Example: "he survived the great test of battle"
- Example: "candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
[syn: test, trial]
4. (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law;
- Example: "he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty"
- Example: "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"
5. (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications;
- Example: "the trials for the semifinals began yesterday"
6. an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event;
- Example: "his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him"
- Example: "life is full of tribulations"
- Example: "a visitation of the plague"
[syn: trial, tribulation, visitation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Trial \Tri"al\, n. [From Try.] 1. The act of trying or testing in any manner. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) Any effort or exertion of strength for the purpose of ascertaining what can be done or effected. [1913 Webster] [I] defy thee to the trial of mortal fight. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (b) The act of testing by experience; proof; test. [1913 Webster] Repeated trials of the issues and events of actions. --Bp. Wilkins. [1913 Webster] (c) Examination by a test; experiment, as in chemistry, metallurgy, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of being tried or tempted; exposure to suffering that tests strength, patience, faith, or the like; affliction or temptation that exercises and proves the graces or virtues of men. [1913 Webster] Others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings. --Heb. xi. 36. [1913 Webster] 3. That which tries or afflicts; that which harasses; that which tries the character or principles; that which tempts to evil; as, his child's conduct was a sore trial. [1913 Webster] Every station is exposed to some trials. --Rogers. [1913 Webster] 4. (Law) The formal examination of the matter in issue in a cause before a competent tribunal; the mode of determining a question of fact in a court of law; the examination, in legal form, of the facts in issue in a cause pending before a competent tribunal, for the purpose of determining such issue. [1913 Webster] Syn: Test; attempt; endeavor; effort; experiment; proof; essay. See Test, and Attempt. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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