- 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
- 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).
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