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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Trial \Tri"al\, noun [From {Try}.]

1. The act of trying or testing in any manner. Specifically: (a) Any effort or exertion of strength for the purpose of ascertaining what can be done or effected.

[I] defy thee to the trial of mortal fight. --Milton. (b) The act of testing by experience; proof; test.

Repeated trials of the issues and events of actions. --Bp. Wilkins. (c) Examination by a test; experiment, as in chemistry, metallurgy, etc.

2. The state of being tried or tempted; exposure to suffering that tests strength, patience, faith, or the like; affliction or temptation that exercises and proves the graces or virtues of men.

Others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings. --Heb. xi. 36.

3. That which tries or afflicts; that which harasses; that which tries the character or principles; that which tempts to evil; as, his child's conduct was a sore trial.

Every station is exposed to some trials. --Rogers.

4. (Law) The formal examination of the matter in issue in a cause before a competent tribunal; the mode of determining a question of fact in a court of law; the examination, in legal form, of the facts in issue in a cause pending before a competent tribunal, for the purpose of determining such issue.

Syn: Test; attempt; endeavor; effort; experiment; proof; essay. See {Test}, and {Attempt}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

trial

noun

1: the act of testing something; "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; "he called each flip of the coin a new trial" [syn: {test}, {trial}, {run}]

2: trying something to find out about it; "a sample for ten days free trial"; "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain" [syn: {trial}, {trial run}, {test}, {tryout}]

3: the act of undergoing testing; "he survived the great test of battle"; "candidates must compete in a trial of skill" [syn: {test}, {trial}]

4: (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law; "he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty"; "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"

5: (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications; "the trials for the semifinals began yesterday"

6: an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event; "his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him"; "life is full of tribulations"; "a visitation of the plague" [syn: {trial}, {tribulation}, {visitation}]


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