DIMENSIONS: EVALUATION / Perspective
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Term n. 1. the means by which the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined; a means of trial. 2. the trial of the quality of something: to put to the test. 3. a particular process or method for trying or assessing. 4. a form of examination for evaluating the performance, capabilitites, traits, or achievements of an individual. 5. Chem. a. the process of detecting the presence of an ingredient in a substance, or of determining the nature of a substance, commonly by the addition of a reagent. b. the result obtained by such means. 6. Brit. a cupel for refining or assaying metals. -v.t. 7. to subject to a test of any kind; try. 8. Chem. to subject to a chemical test. -v.i. 9. to undergo a test or trial; try out. 10. to conduct a test. [ME: cupel < MF < L testū earthen pot with lid; akin to Test2. n. 1. Zool. the hard, protective shell or covering of certan invertebrates, as echinoderms or tuicates. 2. Bot. testa. [< L testa tile, shell, covering. See Test1]
-Syn. 1. proof, assay. See trial. 7. assay, prove, examine.
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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