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  ( trials    plural  )
1       n-var   A trial is a formal meeting in a law court, at which a judge and jury listen to evidence and decide whether a person is guilty of a crime.  
New evidence showed the police lied at the trial..., He's awaiting trial in a military court on charges of plotting against the state..., They believed that his case would never come to trial.     
2       n-var   A trial is an experiment in which you test something by using it or doing it for a period of time to see how well it works. If something is on trial, it is being tested in this way.  
They have been treated with this drug in clinical trials..., The robots have been on trial for the past year...     
3       n-count   If someone gives you a trial for a job, or if you are on trial, you do the job for a short period of time to see if you are suitable for it.  
usu sing, also on N  
He had just given a trial to a young woman who said she had previous experience...     
4       n-count   If you refer to the trialsof a situation, you mean the unpleasant things that you experience in it.  
usu pl, N of n  
...the trials of adolescence.     
5       n-count   In some sports or outdoor activities, trials are a series of contests that test a competitor's skill and ability.  
usu pl, supp N  
He has been riding in horse trials for less than a year., ...Dovedale Sheepdog Trials.     
6    If you do something bytrial and error, you try several different methods of doing it until you find the method that works properly.  
trial and error      phrase   oft by/through PHR  
Many drugs were found by trial and error...     
7    If someone is on trial, they are being tried in a court of law.  
on trial      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
He is currently on trial accused of serious drugs charges...     
8    If you say that someone or something is on trial, you mean that they are in a situation where people are observing them to see whether they succeed or fail.  
on trial      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
The President will be drawn into a damaging battle in which his credentials will be on trial.     
9    If someone stands trial, they are tried in court for a crime they are accused of.  
to stand trial      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR for n  

clinical trial        ( clinical trials    plural  ) When a new type of drug or medical treatment undergoes clinical trials, it is tested directly on patients to see if it is effective.      n-count  
Two rival laser surgery systems are undergoing clinical trials in the US.     
show trial        ( show trials    plural  ) People describe a trial as a show trial if they believe that the trial is unfair and is held for political reasons rather than in order to find out the truth.      n-count  
...the show trials of political dissidents.     
time trial        ( time trials    plural  ) In cycling and some other sports, a time trial is a contest in which competitors race along a course individually, in as fast a time as possible, instead of racing directly against each other.      n-count  
trial balloon        ( trial balloons    plural  ) A trial balloon is a proposal that you mention or an action that you try in order to find out other people's reactions to it, especially if you think they are likely to oppose it.  
  (mainly AM)      n-count  
They floated the trial balloon of actually cutting Social Security.     
trial run        ( trial runs    plural  ) A trial run is a first attempt at doing something to make sure you can do it properly.      n-count  
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a teamwork session in the visual domain (design, architecture, urban planning) organized on the purpose of finalizing a project within a previously defined timeframe.
The correct spelling in French (where the word originates from) is "charrette". "charette" is the Anglicized form.
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