Posttrial



[trahy-uh l, trahyl] /ˈtraɪ əl, traɪl/

noun
1.
Law.

2.
the act of trying, testing, or putting to the proof.
3.
test; proof.
4.
an attempt or effort to do something.
5.
a tentative or experimental action in order to ascertain results; experiment.
6.
the state or position of a person or thing being tried or tested; probation.
7.
subjection to suffering or grievous experiences; a distressed or painful state:
comfort in the hour of trial.
8.
an affliction or trouble.
9.
a trying, distressing, or annoying thing or person.
10.
Ceramics. a piece of ceramic material used to try the heat of a kiln and the progress of the firing of its contents.
adjective
11.
of, relating to, or employed in a trial.
12.
done or made by way of trial, proof, or experiment.
13.
used in testing, experimenting, etc.
14.
acting or serving as a sample, experimental specimen, etc.:
a trial offer.
Idioms
15.
on trial,

/ˈtraɪəl; traɪl/
noun
1.

2.
(law)

3.
an effort or attempt to do something: we had three trials at the climb
4.
trouble or grief
5.
an annoying or frustrating person or thing
6.
(often pl) a competition for individuals: sheepdog trials
7.
a motorcycling competition in which the skills of the riders are tested over rough ground
8.
(ceramics) a piece of sample material used for testing the heat of a kiln and its effects
9.
on trial

verb trials, trialling, trialled
10.
(transitive) to test or make experimental use of (something): the idea has been trialled in several schools
/ˈtraɪəl/
noun (grammar)
1.
a grammatical number occurring in some languages for words in contexts where exactly three of their referents are described or referred to
2.
(modifier) relating to or inflected for this number
n.

mid-15c., “act or process of testing,” from Anglo-French trial, noun formed from triet “to try” (see try). Sense of “examining and deciding a case in a court of law” is first recorded 1570s; extended to any ordeal by 1590s. As an adjectival phrase, trial-and-error is recorded from 1806. Trial balloon (1939) is congnate of French ballon d’essai.

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