• IPA: /ˈtɹaɪəl/

trial (plural trials)

  1. An opportunity to test something out; a test.
    They will perform the trials for the new equipment next week.
  2. Appearance at judicial court in order to be examined.
  3. A difficult or annoying experience.
    That boy was a trial to his parents.
  4. A tryout to pick members of a team.
    soccer trials
  5. (ceramics) A piece of ware used to test the heat of a kiln.
  6. (UK) An internal examination set by Eton College.
Translations Translations Translations Adjective

trial (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to a trial or test.
  2. Attempted on a provisional or experimental basis.

trial (trials, present participle trialling; past and past participle trialled)

  1. To carry out a series of tests on (a new product, procedure etc.) before marketing or implementing it.
    The warning system was extensively trialed before being fitted to all our vehicles.
  2. To try out (a new player) in a sports team.
    The team trialled a new young goalkeeper in Saturday's match, with mixed results.

trial (not comparable)

  1. Characterized by having three (usually equivalent) components.
  2. Triple.
  3. (grammar) Pertaining to a language form referring to three of something, like people; contrast singular, dual and plural. (See Ambai language for an example.)
    No language has a trial number unless it has a dual.
Translations Translations
  • French: triel
  • German: Trialis
  • Spanish: trial

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