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English noun: trial

1. trial (act) the act of testing something


SamplesIn the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately.
He called each flip of the coin a new trial.


Synonymsrun, test


Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try


Narrower (hyponym)assay, audition, clinical test, clinical trial, double blind, field trial, fitting, Ministry of Transportation test, MOT, MOT test, pilot program, pilot project, preclinical phase, preclinical test, preclinical trial, Snellen test, try-on, trying on, tryout

2. trial (cognition) trying something to find out about it


SamplesA sample for ten days free trial.
A trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain.


Synonymstest, trial run, tryout


Broader (hypernym)experiment, experimentation


Narrower (hyponym)alpha test, beta test, field test, field trial, road test, trial balloon

3. trial (act) the act of undergoing testing


SamplesHe survived the great test of battle.
Candidates must compete in a trial of skill.


Synonymstest


Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

4. trial (act) (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law


SamplesHe had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty.
Most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial.


Broader (hypernym)legal proceeding, proceeding, proceedings


Narrower (hyponym)court-martial, mistrial, ordeal, retrial, Scopes trial, show trial, trial by ordeal


Part holonymcriminal prosecution, defence, defense, demurrer, denial, plea, prosecution


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

5. trial (event) (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications


SamplesThe trials for the semifinals began yesterday.


Broader (hypernym)competition, contest


Domain categoryathletics, sport

6. trial (event) an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event


SamplesHis mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him.
Life is full of tribulations.
A visitation of the plague.


Synonymstribulation, visitation


Broader (hypernym)affliction


Narrower (hyponym)fire









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