General English

  • noun an examination to see if you know something
  • verb to find out how well someone can do something or how well someone knows something
  • verb to examine someone or something to see if everything is working well

General Science

  • noun a process designed to find out if a sample of something matches criteria, if a device is working well, or if a product is satisfactory


  • noun an examination to assess the knowledge of a person
  • verb to operate something in order to find out whether it functions correctly
  • verb to examine somebody in order to assess his or her knowledge


  • noun an examination to see if something works well or is possible


  • noun the action carried out on a device or program to establish whether it is working correctly, and if not, which component or instruction is not working
  • verb to carry out an examination of a device or program to see if it is working correctly


  • A trial, examination, observation, or evaluation used as a means of measuring a physical or chemical characteristic of a material, or a physical characteristic of a structural element or a structure.


  • adjective
    (written as Test)
    of or relating to a Test match or Test matches
    Citation ‘No other pronouncement of the attainment of new nationhood could have been more emphatic than South Africa’s return to Test cricket in England … at Lord’s’ (Richard Hutton, Cricketer September 1994)
    Citation ‘The painful lesson in the end, at Lord’s as at Edgbaston, was that England remain desperately short of Test class bowlers’ (Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Cricketer August 1984)
  • noun
    (written as Test)
    one of a series of international cricket matches, typically lasting five days, played between representative teams from any two of the ten countries enjoying full membership of the ICC
    Citation ‘Zimbabwe even entertained hopes of becoming the first country to win their maiden Test since Australia in 1876—77 when John Traicos … claimed three wickets to reduce India to 101 for five’ (Terry Yates-Round, Wisden 1994)


  • One or more procedures utilized to critically ascertain, observe, examine, or otherwise evaluate. Tests may or may not be carried out under controlled conditions, such as those afforded by a laboratory, and may be qualitative or quantitative in nature. Tests may be performed on components, circuits, devices, pieces of equipment, systems, processes, materials, hardware, software and the like, and there are myriad examples, including life, overvoltage, shake, continuity, hardness, pulse, smoke, and stress tests. Tests may be classified as destructive versus non-destructive, static as opposed to dynamic, parametric versus non-parametric, and so on.
  • To subject to, or perform a test (1).

Human Resources

  • verb to examine someone to assess their ability to do a job


  • noun a short examination to see if a sample is healthy or if part of the body is working well
  • verb to examine a sample of tissue to see if it is healthy or an organ to see if it is working well

Origin & History of “test”

Latin testum denoted an ‘earthenware pot’. English acquired it via Old French test, and used it originally for a ‘pot in which metals are subjected to heat’. among the purposes these tests were put to was assaying, to ascertain the quality of metal, and by the 16th century the word was being used metaphorically for an ‘examination of properties or qualities’. English testy and French tête ‘head’ are close relatives.