Definition of Trial

1. Noun. The act of testing something. "He called each flip of the coin a new trial"

2. Noun. Trying something to find out about it. "A trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
Exact synonyms: Test, Trial Run, Tryout
Generic synonyms: Experiment, Experimentation
Specialized synonyms: Field Test, Field Trial, Alpha Test, Beta Test, Road Test, Trial Balloon
Derivative terms: Test, Try, Try Out, Try Out

3. Noun. The act of undergoing testing. "Candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
Exact synonyms: Test
Generic synonyms: Attempt, Effort, Endeavor, Endeavour, Try
Derivative terms: Test, Test, Test, Try

4. Noun. (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law. "Most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"

5. Noun. (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications. "The trials for the semifinals began yesterday"
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Generic synonyms: Competition, Contest

6. Noun. An annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event. "A visitation of the plague"
Exact synonyms: Tribulation, Visitation
Generic synonyms: Affliction
Specialized synonyms: Fire
Derivative terms: Try, Tribulate, Visit

Definition of Trial

1. n. The act of trying or testing in any manner.

Definition of Trial

1. Noun. an opportunity to test something out; a test. ¹

2. Noun. appearance at judicial court. ¹

3. Noun. a difficult or annoying experience ¹

4. Adjective. Pertaining to a trial or test. ¹

5. Adjective. Attempted on a provisional or experimental basis. ¹

6. Verb. To carry out a series of tests on (a new product, procedure etc.) before marketing or implementing it. ¹

7. Verb. To try out (a new player) in a sports team. ¹

8. Adjective. Characterized by having three (usually equivalent) components. ¹

9. Adjective. Triple. ¹

10. Adjective. (grammar) pertaining to a language form referring to three of something, as people; contrast ''singular'', ''dual'' and ''plural''. ¹

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Definition of Trial

1. a judicial examination [n -S]

Medical Definition of Trial

1. 1. The act of trying or testing in any manner. Specifically: 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) The act of testing by experience; proof; test. "Repeated trials of the issues and events of actions." (Bp. Wilkins) Examination by a test; experiment, as in chemistry, metallurgy, etc. 2. 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) 3. 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) 4. 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. Synonym: Test, attempt, endeavor, effort, experiment, proof, essay. See Test, and Attempt. Origin: From Try. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Trial

trial (current term)
trial and error
trial attorney
trial balance
trial balances
trial balloon
trial balloons
trial base
trial by fire
trial by ordeal
trial case
trial court
trial denture
trial frame

Literary usage of Trial

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville (1900)
"trial by jury may be considered in two separate points of view, ... If it entered into my present purpose to inquire how far trial by jury (more especially ..."

2. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1912)
"The least agreeable vowel of those investigated is u as in mud, its average affective value for fifteen observers on the first trial being 2.9, ..."

3. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1899)
"trial by jury may be considered in two separate points of view, ... If it entered into my present purpose to inquire how far trial by jury (more especially ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"A trial balance may be defined as a list of the names of the ledger accounts, ... trial BALANCE The fact that the two columns of the trial balance add up to ..."

5. Journal by Bond & Share Society, New Hampshire Dental Society, American Wine Society, Manning Valley Historical Society (1904)
"REAT surprise was expressed at the result of the trial which acquitted the prisoner; and so strong was the feeling against Judge Day, that his retirement ..."

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