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TEST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does test mean? 

TEST (noun)
  The noun TEST has 6 senses:

1. any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc
2. the act of testing something
3. the act of undergoing testing
4. trying something to find out about it
5. a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge
6. a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins

  Familiarity information: TEST used as a noun is common.


TEST (verb)
  The verb TEST has 7 senses:

1. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
2. test or examine for the presence of disease or infection
3. examine someone's knowledge of something
4. show a certain characteristic when tested
5. achieve a certain score or rating on a test
6. determine the presence or properties of (a substance)
7. undergo a test

  Familiarity information: TEST used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TEST (noun)


Sense 1test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality etc

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

test; psychometric test; mental testing; mental test

Context example:

the test was standardized on a large sample of students

Hypernyms ("test" is a kind of...):

mental measurement (a generic term used to cover any application of measurement techniques to the quantification of mental functions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "test"):

intelligence test; IQ test (a psychometric test of intelligence)

personality test (any test that is intended to assess personality)

sub-test (one of a battery of related tests)


Sense 2test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of testing something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

run; test; trial

Context examples:

in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately / he called each flip of the coin a new trial

Hypernyms ("test" is a kind of...):

attempt; effort; endeavor; endeavour; try (earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "test"):

assay (a quantitative or qualitative test of a substance (especially an ore or a drug) to determine its components; frequently used to test for the presence or concentration of infectious agents or antibodies etc.)

Snellen test (a test of visual acuity using a Snellen chart)

pilot program; pilot project (activity planned as a test or trial)

Ministry of Transportation test; MOT; MOT test (a compulsory annual test of older motor vehicles for safety and exhaust fumes)

fitting; try-on; trying on (putting clothes on to see whether they fit)

field trial (a test of young hunting dogs to determine their skill in pointing and retrieving)

audition; tryout (a test of the suitability of a performer)

preclinical phase; preclinical test; preclinical trial (a laboratory test of a new drug or a new invasive medical device on animal subjects; conducted to gather evidence justifying a clinical trial)

double blind (a test procedure in which the identity of those receiving the intervention is concealed from both the administrators and the subjects until after the test is completed; designed to reduce or eliminate bias in the results)

clinical test; clinical trial (a rigorously controlled test of a new drug or a new invasive medical device on human subjects; in the United States it is conducted under the direction of the FDA before being made available for general clinical use)


Sense 3test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of undergoing testing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

test; trial

Context examples:

he survived the great test of battle / candidates must compete in a trial of skill

Hypernyms ("test" is a kind of...):

attempt; effort; endeavor; endeavour; try (earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something)


Sense 4test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Trying something to find out about it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

trial run; tryout; test; trial

Context examples:

a sample for ten days free trial / a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain

Hypernyms ("test" is a kind of...):

experiment; experimentation (the testing of an idea)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "test"):

trial balloon (a test of public opinion)

road test (a test to insure that a vehicle is roadworthy)

beta test ((computer science) a second test of an experimental product (such as computer software) carried out by an outside organization)

alpha test ((computer science) a first test of an experimental product (such as computer software) carried out by the developer)

field test; field trial (a test of the performance of some new product under the conditions in which it will be used)


Sense 5test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

exam; examination; test

Context example:

when the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions

Hypernyms ("test" is a kind of...):

communicating; communication (the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "test"):

tripos (final honors degree examinations at Cambridge University)

exam paper; examination paper; question sheet; test paper (a written examination)

quiz (an examination consisting of a few short questions)

prelim; preliminary exam; preliminary examination (an examination taken by graduate students to determine their fitness to continue)

oral; oral exam; oral examination; viva; viva voce (an examination conducted by word of mouth)

midterm; midterm exam; midterm examination (an examination administered in the middle of an academic term)

litmus test (a test that relies on a single indicator)

final; final exam; final examination (an examination administered at the end of an academic term)

entrance exam; entrance examination (examination to determine a candidate's preparation for a course of studies)

comp; comprehensive; comprehensive examination (an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge)

bar exam; bar examination (an examination conducted at regular intervals to determine whether a candidate is qualified to practice law in a given jurisdiction)


Sense 6test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("test" is a kind of...):

cover; covering; natural covering (a natural object that covers or envelops)


TEST (verb)


Sense 1test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

try out; test; essay; try; prove; examine

Context examples:

This approach has been tried with good results / Test this recipe

Hypernyms (to "test" is one way to...):

evaluate; judge; pass judgment (form a critical opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "test"):

control; verify (verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments)

float (circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with)

field-test (test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Test or examine for the presence of disease or infection

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

screen; test

Context example:

screen the blood for the HIV virus

Hypernyms (to "test" is one way to...):

check (make an examination or investigation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Examine someone's knowledge of something

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

quiz; test

Context examples:

The teacher tests us every week / We got quizzed on French irregular verbs

Hypernyms (to "test" is one way to...):

examine (question closely)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Sense 4test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Show a certain characteristic when tested

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

He tested positive for HIV

Hypernyms (to "test" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s Adjective


Sense 5test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Achieve a certain score or rating on a test

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Context example:

She tested high on the LSAT and was admitted to all the good law schools

Hypernyms (to "test" is one way to...):

score (get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s Adjective


Sense 6test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Determine the presence or properties of (a substance)

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "test" is one way to...):

ascertain; check; determine; find out; learn; see; watch (find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7test [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Undergo a test

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

She doesn't test well

Hypernyms (to "test" is one way to...):

submit; take; undergo (accept or undergo, often unwillingly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s Adjective


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