trial Meaning in Cambridge Learner Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "trial" - Learner English Dictionary

See all translations

trial

noun [C, U]
 
 
/traɪəl/
LAW B2 a legal process to decide if someone is guilty of a crime: The two men are now on trial for attempted murder. He will be taken to the US to stand trial.Court cases, orders and decisions
TEST a test of something new to find out if it is safe, works correctly, etc: The drug is currently undergoing clinical trials.Testing, checking and experimenting
trial and error a way of learning the best way to do something by trying different methods: There aren't any instructions with it - it's just a matter of trial and error.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energyTesting, checking and experimenting
(Definition of trial from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “trial”

Definitions of “trial” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
field event

a sports event in which athletes take part one after the other rather than racing or competing together

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More