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Definition 1: the act of testing something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where trial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for trial in the sense of this definition

(trial is a kind of ...) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

"made an effort to cover all the reading material" "wished him luck in his endeavor" "she gave it a good try"

(... is a kind of trial ) activity planned as a test or trial

"they funded a pilot project in six states"

(... is a kind of trial ) a compulsory annual test of older motor vehicles for safety and exhaust fumes

(... is a kind of trial ) putting clothes on to see whether they fit

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

(... is a kind of trial ) a test of the suitability of a performer

(... is a kind of 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

(... is a kind of trial ) 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

(... is a kind of 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

(... is a kind of trial ) 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.

(... is a kind of trial ) a test of visual acuity using a Snellen chart

Definition 2: (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law - [noun denoting act]

Samples where trial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty
  • most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial

(trial is a kind of ...) (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked

(... is a kind of trial ) a trial that is conducted by a military court

(... is a kind of trial ) a primitive method of determining a person's guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control; escape was usually taken as a sign of innocence

(... is a kind of trial ) a highly publicized trial in 1925 when John Thomas Scopes violated a Tennessee state law by teaching evolution in high school; Scopes was prosecuted by William Jennings Bryan and defended by Clarence Darrow; Scopes was convicted but the verdict was later reversed

(... is a kind of trial ) a trial held for show; the guilt of the accused person has been decided in advance

(... is a kind of trial ) a new trial in which issues already litigated and to which the court has already rendered a verdict or decision are reexamined by the same court; occurs when the initial trial is found to have been improper or unfair due to procedural errors

(... is a kind of trial ) a trial that is invalid or inconclusive

(trial is a part of ...) a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

"he gave evidence for the defense"

(trial is a part of ...) the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior

(trial is a part of ...) an answer indicating why a suit should be dismissed

(trial belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 3: the act of undergoing testing - [noun denoting act]

Samples where trial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for trial in the sense of this definition

(trial is a kind of ...) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

"made an effort to cover all the reading material" "wished him luck in his endeavor" "she gave it a good try"

Definition 4: trying something to find out about it - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where trial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for trial in the sense of this definition

(trial is a kind of ...) the testing of an idea

"it was an experiment in living" "not all experimentation is done in laboratories"

(... is a kind of trial ) a test of the performance of some new product under the conditions in which it will be used

(... is a kind of trial ) (computer science) a first test of an experimental product (such as computer software) carried out by the developer

(... is a kind of trial ) (computer science) a second test of an experimental product (such as computer software) carried out by an outside organization

(... is a kind of trial ) a test to insure that a vehicle is roadworthy

(... is a kind of trial ) a test of public opinion

Definition 5: an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event - [noun denoting event]

Samples where trial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him
  • life is full of tribulations
  • a visitation of the plague

Synonyms for trial in the sense of this definition

(trial is a kind of ...) a cause of great suffering and distress

(... is a kind of trial ) a severe trial

"he went through fire and damnation"

Definition 6: (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications - [noun denoting event]

Samples where trial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the trials for the semifinals began yesterday

(trial is a kind of ...) an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants

(trial belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

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