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
Synonym: run, test
trying something to find out about it
a sample for ten days free trial|a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain
Synonym: test, trial run, tryout
the act of undergoing testing
he survived the great test of battle|candidates must compete in a trial of skill
Synonym: test
(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
(sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications
the trials for the semifinals began yesterday
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