Definition of Test

Software Quality Assurance
Differences Between Black Box Testing and White Box Testing


Being in the software industry, we have to encounter the word TEST many times. Though we have our own specific meaning of the word TEST, we have collected here some definitions of the word as provided by various dictionaries and other tidbits. The word TEST can be a Noun, a Verb or an Adjective but the definitions here are only of the Noun form.


Google Dictionary:
A Test is a deliberate action or experiment to find out how well something works.

Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary:
A Test is an act of using something to find out whether it is working correctly or how effective it is.

The Free Dictionary by Farlex:
A Test is a procedure for critical evaluation; a means of determining the presence, quality, or truth of something.

Meriam Webster:

A Test is a critical examination, observation, or evaluation.
A Test is the means by which the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined.

A Test is trying something to find out about it.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English:

A Test is a process used to discover whether equipment or a product works correctly, or to discover more about it.


Online Etymology Dictionary:

TEST – late 14c., “small vessel used in assaying precious metals,” from O.Fr. test, from L. testum “earthen pot,” related to testa “piece of burned clay, earthen pot, shell” (cf. L. testudo “tortoise”) and textere “to weave” (cf. Lith. tistas “vessel made of willow twigs;” see texture). Sense of “trial or examination to determine the correctness of something” is recorded from 1594. The verb in this sense is from 1748. The connecting notion is “ascertaining the quality of a metal by melting it in a pot.”


Test Synonyms

If the word TEST has been nauseating you because of its being overused, try the following synonyms:

  • Analysis
  • Assessment
  • Attempt
  • Check
  • Confirmation
  • Evaluation
  • Examination
  • Experiment
  • Inquiry
  • Inspection
  • Investigation
  • Scrutiny
  • Trial
  • Verification


 ‘Software Testing’ around the World in different Languages (Courtesy of Google Translator)
  • Afrikaans: software te toets
  • Albanian: testimi software
  • Arabic: اختبار البرمجيات
  • Armenian: համակարգչային թեստավորում
  • Azerbaijani: proqram test
  • Basque: software probak
  • Belarusian: тэставанне праграмнага забеспячэння
  • Bengali: সফট ওয়ার পরীক্ষণ
  • Bulgarian: софтуерното тестване
  • Catalan: proves de programari
  • Chinese (Simplified): 软件测试
  • Chinese (Traditional): 軟件測試
  • Croatian: softver testiranje
  • Czech: testování softwaru
  • Danish: softwaretest
  • Dutch: het testen van software
  • English: software testing
  • Estonian: tarkvara testimine
  • Filipino: software sa pagsubok
  • Finnish: ohjelmistojen testaus
  • French: tests de logiciels
  • Galician: proba de software
  • Georgian: პროგრამული უზრუნველყოფის ტესტირება
  • German: Software-Test
  • Greek: δοκιμές του λογισμικού
  • Gujarati: સોફ્ટવેર ટેસ્ટિંગ
  • Haitian Creole: tès lojisyèl
  • Hebrew: בדיקות תוכנה
  • Hindi: सॉफ्टवेयर परीक्षण
  • Hungarian: szoftvertesztelés
  • Icelandic: hugbúnaður eista
  • Indonesian: pengujian perangkat lunak
  • Irish: tástáil bogearraí
  • Italian: test del software
  • Japanese: ソフトウェアテスト
  • Kannada: ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ವೇರ್ ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆ
  • Korean: 소프트웨어 테스팅
  • Latin: software temptationis
  • Latvian: programmatūras testēšana
  • Lithuanian: programinės įrangos testavimas
  • Macedonian: софтвер за тестирање
  • Malay: pengujian perisian
  • Maltese: ittestjar tas-softwer
  • Nepali: सफ्ट्वेर परीक्षण
  • Norwegian: software testing
  • Persian: تست نرم افزار
  • Polish: testowanie oprogramowania
  • Portuguese: teste de software
  • Romanian: software-ul de testare
  • Russian: тестирование программного обеспечения
  • Serbian: тестирање софтвера
  • Slovak: testovanie softvéru
  • Slovenian: preizkušanje programske opreme
  • Spanish: pruebas de software
  • Swahili: programu ya kupima
  • Swedish: testning av programvara
  • Tamil: மென்பொருள் சோதனை
  • Telugu: సాఫ్ట్వేర్ పరీక్ష
  • Thai: การทดสอบซอฟต์แวร์
  • Turkish: yazılım test
  • Ukranian: тестування програмного забезпечення
  • Urdu: سافٹ ویئر ٹیسٹنگ
  • Vietnamese: kiểm thử phần mềm
  • Welsh: profi meddalwedd
  • Yiddish: סאָפטווער טעסטינג

Of course, we accept that Translation and Testing are never perfect!

Software Quality Assurance
Differences Between Black Box Testing and White Box Testing

8 thoughts on “Definition of Test

  1. Well, we believe “TESTING” is a superset of “SOFTWARE TESTING” and we thought understanding how the broader term ‘testing’ is defined might help us understand and relate to the specific meaning of the term ‘software testing’.

  2. Testing is the process of analysing a software item to detect the differences between existing and required conditions (that is defects/errors/bugs) and to evaluate the features of the software item.

  3. a test is an activity in which system or component is executed under specified conditions,the results are observed or recorded,and an evaluation is made of some aspect of the system.

  4. software testing is the process of executing a program with the intention of finding errors in the code.

  5. Software testing
    -is an investigation conducted to provide stakeholders with information about the quality of the software product or service under test
    -provides an objective, independent view of the software to allow the business to appreciate and understand the risks of software implementation.

  6. I think the STF team is doing a great job with this site by making us relate to the real world in order to understand the subject matter with an element of humor and wit.Now by this discussion they surely must have tested whether the folks out there actually know what testing is since people came up with different definitions of testing :)

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