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Trial appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Deb, ask cub, "Lair trial bucks a bed?"
  • See flair to lose no-one solo trial fees.
  • So, Ed, I verify Blair tapes EPA trial-by-fire videos.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun trial:


Trial is sometimes a misspelling of prior.

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Definition of the noun trial

What does trial mean as a name of something?

Trial is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: trials

  1. the act of testing something
    • examples: in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately | he called each flip of the coin a new trial
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of trial: run / test
    • more generic words: attempt / effort / endeavor / endeavour / try = earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    • more specific terms:
  2. trying something to find out about it
    • examples: a sample for ten days free trial | a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of trial: test / trial run / tryout
    • more generic words: experiment / experimentation = the testing of an idea
    • more specific terms:
      • field trial / field test = a test of the performance of some new product under the conditions in which it will be used
      • alpha test = a first test of an experimental product (such as computer software) carried out by the developer
      • beta test = a second test of an experimental product (such as computer software) carried out by an outside organization
      • road test = a test to insure that a vehicle is roadworthy
      • trial balloon = a test of public opinion
  3. the act of undergoing testing
    • example: candidates must compete in a trial of skill
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of trial: test
    • more generic words: attempt / effort / endeavor / endeavour / try = earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
  4. (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law
    • examples: he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty | most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic terms: legal proceeding / proceeding / proceedings = the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
    • more specific terms:
      • court-martial = a trial that is conducted by a military court
      • trial by ordeal / ordeal = a primitive method of determining a person's guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to dangerous or painful tests believed to be under divine control
      • Scopes trial = a highly publicized trial in 1925 when John Thomas Scopes violated a Tennessee state law by teaching evolution in high school; Scopes was prosecuted by William Jennings Bryan and defended by Clarence Darrow
      • show trial = a trial held for show
      • mistrial = a trial that is invalid or inconclusive
      • retrial = a new trial in which issues already litigated and to which the court has already rendered a verdict or decision are reexamined by the same court
    • parts:
  5. (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications
    • example: the trials for the semifinals began yesterday
    • domain: athletics / sport
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic words: competition / contest = an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
  6. an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
    • example: his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of trial: tribulation / visitation
    • more generic word: affliction = a cause of great suffering and distress
    • more specific word: fire = a severe trial

Alternative definition of the noun trial


  1. an opportunity to test something out; a test.
  2. appearance at judicial court.
  3. a difficult experience.
  4. an annoying person

Specialised definition of the noun trial

Glossary of sports

a sports competition or preliminary test to select candidates for a later competition (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

in various sport disciplines, term for the execution of a competitive exercise. The number of possible trials is predetermined in the respective sets of rules. Depending on the sport discipline, the best valid trial is counted (e.g. in track and field) or a total result is calculated from all trials (e.g. in ski-jumping). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the adjective trial

What does trial mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more trial / most trial

  1. Pertaining to a trial or test.
  2. Attempted on a provisional or experimental basis.
  3. Characterized by having three (usually equivalent) components.
  4. See Triple.
  5. [grammar] pertaining to a language form referring to three of something, as people; contrast singular, dual and plural.

Definition of the verb trial

What does trial mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: trialled | trialling | trials

  1. To carry out a series of tests on (a new product, procedure etc.) before marketing or implementing it.
  2. To try out (a new player) in a sports team.


  1. Trial is an American political straight edge hardcore punk band based in Seattle, Washington. The band was active from 1995 until 2000. They reunited for three reunion shows in Seattle, London, and Budapest in the fall of 2005, and recently were part of the Burning Fight Book Release show in Chicago IL on May 2 and 3, 2009. They headlined a night at Fluff Fest in the Czech Republic on Saturday, July 25, 2009, and then at Antifest in Stockholm Sweden a week later. Shortly afterwards, bassist Brian Redman was killed in a moped accident. The band took two years off before returning to play Rainfest in Seattle, The Rumble in Chicago, East Coast Tsunami Fest in Pennsylvania, a surprise show in NYC, and Sound and Fury Fest in Santa Barbara CA. They went on tour throughout Europe for thirty shows in the fall of 2011.
  2. Trial is a musical group.
    • album: "The Primordial Temple"
  3. Trial is a musical group.
    • albums: "Blut und Eisen", "Zero Feeling", "No Fate", "Secret Pain"
    • official website:
  4. Trial is a musical group.
    • also known as Trail
    • album: "Trial"

There are other groups with in their name, like Black Trial, Boys On Trial, Trial Kennedy, Obscenity Trial, Trial by combat, Trial of the Bow, Secret Trial Five.


  1. "Trial" is the eighteenth studio album by Japanese alternative rock band The Pillows. It was released on January 18, 2012.
    • released on
  2. "Trial" is a musical album of Human Decay.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  3. "Trial" is a musical album of Verbal Assault.
    • released in (28 years ago)
  4. "Trial" is a musical single of Trial.
    • released in (32 years ago)
  5. "Trial" is a musical album of Skin Chamber.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  6. "Trial" is a composition.
  7. "Trial" is a musical album of Senking.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  8. "TRIAL" is a composition.
  9. "Trial" is a composition.


"Trial" is a book by Don Mankiewicz.

  • subject: Popular literature


  1. "Trial" is a 1955 American film directed by Mark Robson and written by Don Mankiewicz. It stars Glenn Ford, Dorothy McGuire, Arthur Kennedy and Juano Hernandez. It is about a Mexican boy accused of rape and murder; originally victimized by prejudiced accusers, he becomes a pawn of his communist defender, whose propaganda purposes would be best served by a verdict of guilty.
  2. "Trial" a.k.a. "Vicharana" is a 1988 Malayalam film written by A. K. Lohithadas and directed by Sibi Malayil. The film stars Mammootty, Sobhana, Nedumudi Venu, Seema, Mukesh, Jagathy Sreekumar and Prathapachandran.
  3. "Trial" is a romantic comedy family film written by Umur Bagay and directed by Yalcin Yelence.
    • starring: Meltem Cumbul as Nazan
    • released on (15 years ago)
  4. "Trial" is a short film.


  1. Trial was a ship that was seized by convicts and eventually wrecked on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia in 1816.
  2. Trial is a TV program, begun in (44 years ago).

Phrases with Trial

Phrases starting with the word Trial:

  1. trial run
  2. trial court
  3. trial judge
  4. trial lawyer
  5. trial period
  6. trial balance
  7. trial balloon
  8. trial attorney
  9. trial and error

Phrases ending with the word Trial:

  1. on trial
  2. Sea trial
  3. Jury trial
  4. show trial
  5. Time trial
  6. Bench trial
  7. Civil Trial
  8. field trial
  9. scopes trial
  10. Counter-Trial
  11. clinical trial

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Trial

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Google previewIntroductory Statistics (Preliminary Edition) (2008)

A Problem-Solving Approach by Stephen Kokoska

X = 2 means the first trial is a failure and the second trial is a success. Since trials are...

2p X = 3 means the first two trials are failures and the third trial is a success. We use...

X = x means the first x — 1 trials are failures and the xth trial is the first success.

Google previewThe Ethics of Medical Research on Humans (2001)

by Claire Foster

Randomized controlled trials The randomized controlled trial is the most well- recognized method of arriving at an...

The fundamental property of a controlled trial is that it makes a comparison, so that one group of patients receiving a new ...

Google previewHow to Moot (2010)

A Student Guide to Mooting by John Snape, Gary Watt

As Sir John Mortimer, QC observes:8 An English criminal trial is a very ...

Google previewUrinary Tract Stone Disease (2011)

by Nagaraja P. Rao, Glenn M. Preminger, John P. Kavanagh

The clinical trial is the most reliable tool at our disposal for assessing the efficacy of a treatment.

The clinical trial is a prospective study performed on human beings to compare the effect ...

Google previewBelly Fat Breakthrough (2014)

Understand What It Is and Lose It Fast by Dr. Stephen Boutcher

A randomized controlled trial is a type of scientific study andis the gold standard in medical research. The key feature of a randomized controlled trial is that subjects to be studied are randomly allocated to receive one ...

Google previewRecent Advances in Surgery 32 (2009)

by Irving Taylor, Colin Johnson

The LOTUS trial is an open, parallel group, multicentre, international, randomised trial with randomisation of over 500...

The REFLUX trial is a UK-based study ...

Google previewThe Criminal Process (2010)

by Andrew Ashworth, Mike Redmayne

The trial is the focal point of criminal procedure.

The trial is an attempt to sort the innocent from the guilty and to determine the level of wrongdoing of the guilty, though it is constrained by the high standard of proof (beyond reasonable doubt) ...

Google previewKierkegaard as Phenomenologist (2010)

An Experiment by Jeffrey Hanson

Unlike temptation, spiritual trial is a strictly religious category. According to Climacus, it is a religious...

Spiritual trial is the boundary that confronts the self when it tries to relate itself absolutely to the absolute. Consequently, while temptation ...

Google previewNew Drug Development (2010)

An Introduction to Clinical Trials: Second Edition by J. Rick Turner

Deciding upon the sample size for a given clinical trial is a balancing act in which several factors need to be considered to achieve the balance desired by the sponsor.

Google previewThe Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication (2012)

by Christina Bratt Paulston, Scott F. Kiesling, Elizabeth S. Rangel

A trial is a serious event potentially determining the direction of someone's life. A wedding is a festive scene that ...

Google previewDickens Dictionary (2004)

by Rodney Dale

THE TRIAL FOR MURDER The first of the two stories reprinted under the above title was originally published as a portion of 'Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions', the extra Christmas number of All the Year Round for 1865. It was the sixth of the ...

Google previewA new law dictionary ... (1792)

by Richard Burn, John Burn

NEW TRIAL : Formerly, the only remedy for reversal of a verdict unduly given, was by writ of attaint; in which case the law inflicted a strange and severe punishment upon the jurors, though they erred never so innocently, but gave no relief to ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

Lesson Learned from the MediConnect Field Test and HealthConnect Trials The Tasmanian HealthConnect trial centered on Hobart and focused on diabetes management involving a broad range of health care providers. The MediConnect ...

Google previewDictionary of International Human Rights Law (2013)

by Connie de la Vega

Trial. one of the basic rights included in the universal Declaration of human rights , which is also included in the international covenant on civil and Political rights. article 14 of the latter provides that the right includes “equality to a fair and public ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana, Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge (1845)

Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose

The trial or examination of the matter of fact in issue is of various sorts, as, for example, trial by record, by inspection or examination, by certificate, by witnesses , and by jury. Trial by record is used where a matter of record is pleaded in any ...

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Quotes about Trial

When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes. (Thomas Edison)
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Scrabble value of T1R1I1A1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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