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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TESTING

I am speaking for the moment only of the degree to which the testing comes.

Each workshop and testing room is devoted to a particular purpose.

"We've wasted weeks testing every man on this field," said Dr. Shalt solemnly.

It's the devil and all that I never thought of testing it myself in wet weather.

Two Arrows did not know that he was testing his quality as a warrior and chief to be.

One reads new meanings into Rome when testing it by this consciousness.

The laboratory and field furnish opportunity for this sort of testing.

Hence we must be beware of testing the value of the work by immediate results.

You can tell what foods have starch in them by testing them with iodine.

At this stage we are testing each other, so we take refuge in generalizations.

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to various laws in English history meant to exclude Catholics and Nonconformists from office, especially that of 1673, repealed 1828.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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