- An example of trial is the court case of an accused robber.
- An example of trial is the use of a small size bottle of shampoo to sample the product.
- An example of trial is a physical obstacle course.
- the act or process of trying, testing, or putting to the proof; test
- a testing of qualifications, attainments, or progress; probation
- experimental treatment or operation; experiment
- the fact or state of being tried by suffering, temptation, etc.
- a hardship, suffering, etc. that tries one's endurance
- a person or thing that is a source of annoyance or irritation
- a formal examination of the facts of a case by a court of law to decide the validity of a charge or claim
- an attempt; endeavor; effort
Origin of trialAnglo-French from trier: see try
- of a trial or trials
- made, done, or used for the purpose of trying, testing, etc.
- Law a. A proceeding in which opposing parties in a dispute present evidence and make arguments on the application of the law before a judge or jury: The case is expected to go to trial.b. An instance of such a proceeding: the trial of Socrates.
- a. The act or process of testing, trying, or putting to the proof: a trial of one's faith.b. An instance of such testing, especially as part of a series of tests or experiments: a clinical trial of a drug.
- An effort or attempt: succeeded on the third trial.
- A state of pain or anguish that tests patience, endurance, or belief: “the fiery trial through which we pass” ( Abraham Lincoln )
- A trying, troublesome, or annoying person or thing: The child was a trial to his parents.
- A preliminary competition or test to determine qualifications, as in a sport.
- Of, relating to, or used in a trial.
- Attempted or advanced on a provisional or experimental basis: a married couple on a trial separation.
- Made or done in the course of a trial or test.
Origin of trialMiddle English triall a testing from Anglo-Norman trial from trier to pick out, try from Old French trier to pick out, separate out ; see try .
- Pertaining to a trial or test.
- Attempted on a provisional or experimental basis.
(third-person singular simple present trials, present participle Commonwealth trialling, US trialing, simple past and past participle Commonwealth trialled, US trialed)
- To carry out a series of tests on (a new product, procedure etc.) before marketing or implementing it.
- The warning system was extensively trialled before being fitted to all our vehicles.
- To try out (a new player) in a sports team.
- The team trialled a new young goalkeeper in Saturday's match, with mixed results.
From Latin trialis, an adjective formed from tres (“three") + -Älis.
trial - Legal Definition
- A formal judicial examination of issues of law or fact between parties by a court with jurisdiction in such cases.
- A formal adversarial proceeding to hear evidence and decide legal issues and claims. Trials are covered by established rules of courtroom procedure as well as rules of evidence.