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  1. of the nature of or undergoing an experiment; "an experimental drug"; "a pilot project"; "a test run"; "a trial separation" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the act of undergoing testing; "he survived the great test of battle"; "candidates must compete in a trial of skill" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. trying something to find out about it; "a sample for ten days free trial"; "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications; "the trials for the semifinals began yesterday" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (law) legal proceedings consisting of the judicial examination of issues by a competent tribunal; "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. The act of trying or testing in any manner. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Any effort or exertion of strength for the purpose of ascertaining what can be done or effected. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The act of testing by experience; proof; test. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Examination by a test; experiment, as in chemistry, metallurgy, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The act of testing or proving; state of being tested; an attempt or endeavor; an experiment; an examination by test or experience; hardship; suffering or temptation; a judicial examination; as, a trial in court. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. A trying: the act of trying: examination by a test: the state of being tried: suffering: temptation: judicial examination: attempt. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  18. Act of trying; test; judicial investigation; suffering; attempt. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. The act of trying, or the state of being tried; judicial examination. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Affliction; hardship. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Any effort or exertion of strength for the purpose of ascertaining its effect; examination by a test; experiment; experience; suffering that tests virtue; temptation; the state of being tried; the judicial examination of a cause between parties, Trial at bar, a species of trial in difficult cases, which takes place before all the judges at the bar of the court. See Try. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. Any effort or exercise to ascertain what can be done; an attempt; an endeavour; examination by test or experiment; experience; any suffering or temptation that puts strength or virtue to the test; affiction; the formal examination before a judge by means of witnesses in a court of law, as to whether certain alleged facts or charges are true or untrue. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. Information on the subject of trials under the Jewish law will be found in the articles on JUDGES and SANHEDRIN, and also in JESUS CHRIST. biblestudytools.com
  24. tr[=i]'al, n. a trying: the act of trying: examination by a test: the state of being tried: suffering: temptation: judicial examination: attempt: a piece of ware used to test the heat of a kiln.--ns. TR[=I]'AL-DAY (Shak.), day of trial; TR[=I]'AL-FIRE (Shak.), a fire for trying or proving; TR[=I]'AL-TRIP, an experimental trip of a new vessel, to test her sailing-powers, &c.--ON TRIAL, on probation, as an experiment. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  25. Process or mode of testing the qualities of a thing, experimental treatment, test, as made t. of his strength, was found on t. to be incompetent, shall subject or put it to further t., will make the t. (try the experiment), has been making tt. or (attrib.) t. ascents with an aero-plane; t. of the PYX; bicycle is hired, clerk employed, on t. (to be retained only if efficient), will give you a t. (employ you on t.); =t. HEAT; trying thing or experience or person, esp. hardship, trouble, as old age has many tt., fear you will find the boy, the piano next door, a great t.; judicial examination& determination of issues between parties by judge with or without jury or by referee &c., as was on his t. or stood or underwent t. for murder, granted a new t. (on ground of error or injustice in former t.); t. balance (of ledger in double-entry book-keeping), comparison of Dr& Cr totals, inequality of which reveals certain errors in posting; t.-trip, new vessel\'s trip to test sailing qualities &c., (fig.) experiment. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. n. Act of trying or testing in any manner; –specifically, any exertion of strength for the purpose of ascertaining what it is capable of effecting; –act of testing by experience; experiment; –examination by a test; –that which tries or afflicts; that which tries the character or principle; that which tempts to evil; –state of being tried or tempted; –the formal examination of the matter in issue in a cause before a competent tribunal. Cabinet Dictionary

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