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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TEST

If this be the test, I am willing to be tried with Hipparete at the court of the Muses.

You have never been put to a test till now, that deserved to be called a test.

They will test our courage, our devotion to duty, and our concept of liberty.

It is a test of our courage—of our resolve—of our wisdom—our essential democracy.

Some have unwisely chosen to test America's resolve, and have found it firm.

A test that can be applied by the housewife is illustrated in Fig. 4.

This is the test that is made for taffy and other hard candies.

It is time now, I think, to test my theory by considering the converse of it.

And always they brought their theology to the test of actual life.

The scriptural truths are to be judged by no other test than that of their worth for life.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "small vessel used in assaying precious metals," from Old French test, from Latin testum "earthen pot," related to testa "piece of burned clay, earthen pot, shell" (cf. Latin testudo "tortoise") and texere "to weave" (cf. Lithuanian tistas "vessel made of willow twigs;" see texture (n.)).

Sense of "trial or examination to determine the correctness of something" is recorded from 1590s. The connecting notion is "ascertaining the quality of a metal by melting it in a pot." Test Act was the name given to various laws in English history meant to exclude Catholics and Nonconformists from office, especially that of 1673, repealed 1828. Test drive (v.) is first recorded 1954.

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