Definition of Test

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.”


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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