tri|al1 [ `traıəl ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount the process of examining a case in a court of law and deciding whether someone is guilty or INNOCENT. When a case comes to trial it is brought to a court and the person who has been accused of a crime stands trial (=appears in court):
a murder/rape/fraud trial
a civil/criminal trial
on trial (for something): They're on trial for armed robbery.
trial on: He remains in prison awaiting trial on major fraud charges.
2. ) count or uncount the process of testing a product, plan, or person over a period of time:
The drug is now undergoing clinical trials.
a trial period: The system will operate for a six-month trial period.
a trial basis: We've installed the new system on a trial basis.
a trial separation (=when a married couple decide to live apart for a short time): She wanted a trial separation but he insisted on a divorce.
3. ) count a painful or difficult experience:
She writes about the trials of life on the American frontier.
a ) singular someone who causes problems or is annoying:
The kids can be a real trial at times.
4. ) count usually plural a sports competition during which people are tested and chosen for a later competition:
The Olympic trials are to be held next week.
trial and error
a way of finding a good method that involves trying several possibilities and learning from your mistakes
trial by fire
a difficult situation that tests someone's strengths and abilities:
We now faced a tortuous trial by fire as we attempted to climb to the summit in a blinding snowstorm.
trial by jury
a legal trial in which someone is judged by a JURY (=a group of ordinary people chosen for the purpose)
trials and tribulations
the difficulties and problems involved in something:
the trials and tribulations of parenthood
tri|al 2 [ `traıəl ] verb transitive BRITISH
to test something thoroughly to see if it works

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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