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test 1

 (tĕst)
n.
1. A procedure for critical evaluation; a means of determining the presence, quality, or truth of something; a trial: a test of one's eyesight; subjecting a hypothesis to a test; a test of an athlete's endurance.
2. A series of questions, problems, or physical responses designed to determine knowledge, intelligence, or ability.
3. A basis for evaluation or judgment: "A test of democratic government is how Congress and the president work together" (Haynes Johnson).
4. Chemistry A physical or chemical change by which a substance may be detected or its properties ascertained.
5. A cupel.
v. test·ed, test·ing, tests
v.tr.
1. To subject to a test; try: tested the pen by scribbling on scrap paper; testing job applicants.
2. To reveal the degree of (a given quality) in someone or something by or as if by means of a test: The experiment tested the rats' ability to solve spatial problems. The long war tested the country's resolve.
3.
a. To identify the presence or amount of one or more substances in: tested the water for lead.
b. To identify the amount of (a substance) in something: tested the nitrogen and phosphorus in the soil.
c. To ascertain the properties of: tested the steel for hardness and tensile strength.
d. To assay (metal) in a cupel.
v.intr.
1. To undergo a test.
2. To administer a test: test for acid content; test for the presence of an antibody.
3. To achieve a score or rating on tests: tested high on the entrance exams.
4. To exhibit a given characteristic when subjected to a test: test positive for the tubercle bacillus.

[Middle English, cupel, from Old French, pot, from Latin testū, testum.]

test′a·bil′i·ty n.
test′a·ble adj.

test 2

 (tĕst)
n.
A hard external covering, as that of certain amoebas, dinoflagellates, and sea urchins.

[Latin testa, shell.]

tests

See: service test; troop test.
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In that point of view, it was a pleasant sight to behold this young man, with so much faith in himself, and so fair an appearance of admirable powers,--so little harmed, too, by the many tests that had tried his metal,--it was pleasant to see him in his kindly intercourse with Phoebe.
Neither did her courage flag, although it was put to terrific tests when she entered the academic groves of Wareham.
A man must be dis- posed to judge of emancipation by other tests than whether it has increased the produce of sugar,--and to hate slavery for other reasons than because it starves men and whips women,--before he is ready to lay the first stone of his anti-slavery life.
There were no switchboards of any account, no cables of any value, no wires that were in any sense adequate, no theory of tests or signals, no exchanges, NO TELEPHONE SYSTEM OF ANY SORT WHATEVER.
And here I specially stayed to show that, were there such machines exactly resembling organs and outward form an ape or any other irrational animal, we could have no means of knowing that they were in any respect of a different nature from these animals; but if there were machines bearing the image of our bodies, and capable of imitating our actions as far as it is morally possible, there would still remain two most certain tests whereby to know that they were not therefore really men.
Every evening, after the company had left her, she thought of her lost youth, her faded bloom, the hopes of thwarted nature; and, all the while immolating her passions at the feet of the Cross (like poems condemned to stay in a desk), she resolved firmly that if, by chance, any suitor presented himself, to subject him to no tests, but to accept him at once for whatever he might be.
Each adult Martian female brings forth about thirteen eggs each year, and those which meet the size, weight, and specific gravity tests are hidden in the recesses of some subterranean vault where the temperature is too low for incubation.
They supported each other in all manner of hoarse, howling pro- tests.
The marriage was found to stand all the usual tests, and Tom went to Texas.
The first months of my ministry have been spent in the North of England among strangers, where I preferred to make my earliest clumsy attempts, so as to acquire courage before undergoing that severest of all tests of one's sincerity, addressing those who have known one, and have been one's companions in the days of darkness.
These little tests should serve either to relieve your apprehensions, provided they are groundless, or to show you the truth.
Worse, I observe that in the history of mankind there is never a solitary example of success,--taking their own tests of success.