Definitions for Trialˈtraɪ əl, traɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tri•alˈtraɪ əl, traɪl(n.)

  1. the examination of a cause before a court of law, often involving issues both of law and of fact. the use of due process to determine a person's guilt or innocence.

    Category: Law

  2. the act of trying, testing, or putting to the proof.

  3. an attempt or effort to do something.

  4. a tentative or experimental action in order to ascertain results; experiment.

  5. the state or position of a person or thing being tried or tested.

  6. subjection to suffering or grief; distress.

  7. an affliction or trouble.

  8. a troublesome, wearying, or annoying thing or person.

  9. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or employed in a trial.

  10. done or made by way of trial, proof, or experiment.

  11. used in or for testing, experimenting, sampling, etc.

Origin of trial:

1520–30; try+ -al2

tri•alˈtraɪ əl(adj.)

  1. of or belonging to a grammatical category of number, as in some Papuan and Austronesian languages, used to indicate that a word denotes three persons or things.

    Category: Grammar

  2. (n.)trial number.

    Category: Grammar

  3. a word or other form in the trial.

    Category: Grammar

Origin of trial:

1885–90; tri - + (du )al

Princeton's WordNet

  1. test, trial, run(noun)

    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"

  2. trial, trial run, test, tryout(noun)

    trying something to find out about it

    "a sample for ten days free trial"; "a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"

  3. test, trial(noun)

    the act of undergoing testing

    "he survived the great test of battle"; "candidates must compete in a trial of skill"

  4. trial(noun)

    (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"; "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"

  5. trial(noun)

    (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications

    "the trials for the semifinals began yesterday"

  6. trial, tribulation, visitation(noun)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. trial(noun)ˈtraɪ əl, traɪl

    a court case

    a seven-month trial; to stand trial; to be on trial for murder

  2. trialˈtraɪ əl, traɪl

    the process of trying sth to find out if it is appropriate, effective, etc.

    pharmaceutical trials; a three-month trial of the product

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trial(noun)

    the act of trying or testing in any manner

  2. Trial(noun)

    any effort or exertion of strength for the purpose of ascertaining what can be done or effected

  3. Trial(noun)

    the act of testing by experience; proof; test

  4. Trial(noun)

    examination by a test; experiment, as in chemistry, metallurgy, etc

  5. Trial(noun)

    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

  6. Trial(noun)

    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

  7. Trial(noun)

    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


  1. Trial

    In law, a trial is a coming together of parties to a dispute, to present information in a tribunal, a formal setting with the authority to adjudicate claims or disputes. One form of tribunal is a court. The tribunal, which may occur before a judge, jury, or other designated trier of fact, aims to achieve a resolution to their dispute.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Trial' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1603

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Trial' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2366

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Trial' in Nouns Frequency: #556

Anagrams of Trial

  1. Litra

  2. Trail

Translations for Trial

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act of testing or trying; a test

Give the new car a trial; The disaster was a trial of his courage.

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