trial Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the act of testing something
- in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately
- he called each flip of the coin a new trial
noun trying something to find out about it
test; trial run; tryout.
- a sample for ten days free trial
- a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain
noun the act of undergoing testing
- he survived the great test of battle
- candidates must compete in a trial of skill
noun (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law
- he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty
- most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial
noun (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications
- the trials for the semifinals began yesterday
noun an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
- his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him
- life is full of tribulations
- a visitation of the plague
The act of trying or testing in any manner.Specifically: -- (a) Any effort or exertion of strength for the purpose of ascertaining what can be done or effected.
[I] defy thee to the trial of mortal fight. Milton.
(b) The act of testing by experience; proof; test.
Repeated trials of the issues and events of actions. Bp. Wilkins.
(c) Examination by a test; experiment, as in chemistry, metallurgy, etc.
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.
Others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings. Heb. xi. 36.
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
Every station is exposed to some trials. Rogers.
(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. Syn. -- Test; attempt; endeavor; effort; experiment; proof; essay. See Test, and Attempt.
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