trial and error


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trial and error

n.
A method of reaching a correct solution or satisfactory result by trying out various means or theories until error is sufficiently reduced or eliminated.

tri′al-and-er′ror adj.
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trial and error

n
a method of discovery, solving problems, etc, based on practical experiment and experience rather than on theory: he learned to cook by trial and error.
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tri′al and er′ror


n.
experimentation or investigation in which various means are tried and faulty ones eliminated in order to find the correct solution or achieve the desired result.
[1800–10]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trial and error - experimenting until a solution is found
experiment, experimentation - the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation
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Translations
التَجْرِبَه والخَطَأ
zkoušení
fokozatos megközelítés
skúšanie
sınama yanılma

trial

(ˈtraiəl) noun
1. an act of testing or trying; a test. Give the new car a trial; The disaster was a trial of his courage.
2. a legal process by which a person is judged in a court of law. Their trial will be held next week.
3. a (source of) trouble or anxiety. My son is a great trial (to me).
trial run
a rehearsal, first test etc of anything, eg a play, car, piece of machinery etc.
on trial
1. the subject of a legal action in court. She's on trial for murder.
2. undergoing tests or examination. We've had a new television installed, but it's only on trial.
trial and error
the trying of various methods, alternatives etc until the right one happens to appear or be found. They didn't know how to put in a central-heating system, but they managed it by trial and error.
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Through trial and error, a percent ratio chart was developed as a guide for determining percent solids at different temperatures," said Blanchard.
While this experience is invaluable, achieving the proper design using typical trial and error methods is time- and resource-consuming.
"What had taken 20 days would have taken months of expensive trial and error using conventional means," says Heinselman.