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Definition of test:

  1. A cupel or cupelling hearth in which precious metals are melted for trial and refinement.
  2. A reaction employed to recognize or distinguish any particular substance or constituent of a compound, as the production of some characteristic precipitate; also, the reagent employed to produce such reaction; thus, the ordinary test for sulphuric acid is the production of a white insoluble precipitate of barium sulphate by means of some soluble barium salt.
  3. A witness.
  4. Alt. of Testa
  5. Discriminative characteristic; standard of judgment; ground of admission or exclusion.
  6. Examination or trial by the cupel; hence, any critical examination or decisive trial; as, to put a man's assertions to a test.
  7. Judgment; distinction; discrimination.
  8. Means of trial; as, absence is a test of love.
  9. That with which anything is compared for proof of its genuineness; a touchstone; a standard.
  10. To examine or try, as by the use of some reagent; as, to test a solution by litmus paper.
  11. To make a testament, or will.
  12. To put to the proof; to prove the truth, genuineness, or quality of by experiment, or by some principle or standard; to try; as, to test the soundness of a principle; to test the validity of an argument.
  13. To refine, as gold or silver, in a test, or cupel; to subject to cupellation.

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