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a    the act or an instance of trying or proving; test or experiment  
b    (as modifier)  
a trial run     
2      (Law)  
a    the judicial examination of the issues in a civil or criminal cause by a competent tribunal and the determination of these issues in accordance with the law of the land  
b    the determination of an accused person's guilt or innocence after hearing evidence for the prosecution and for the accused and the judicial examination of the issues involved  
c    (as modifier)  
trial proceedings     
3    an effort or attempt to do something  
we had three trials at the climb     
4    trouble or grief  
5    an annoying or frustrating person or thing  
6    often pl   a competition for individuals  
sheepdog trials     
7    a motorcycling competition in which the skills of the riders are tested over rough ground  
8      (Ceramics)   a piece of sample material used for testing the heat of a kiln and its effects  
9    on trial  
a    undergoing trial, esp. before a court of law  
b    being tested, as before a commitment to purchase  
      vb   , trials, trialling, trialled   tr  
10    to test or make experimental use of (something)  
the idea has been trialled in several schools     
     (C16: from Anglo-French, from trier to try)  
  trialling      n  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
trial          [2]  
      n     (Grammar)  
1    a grammatical number occurring in some languages for words in contexts where exactly three of their referents are described or referred to  
2    modifier   relating to or inflected for this number  
     (C19: from tri- + -al1)  

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1    assay, audition, check, dry run     (informal)   examination, experience, experiment, probation, proof, test, testing, test-run  
2    contest, hearing, industrial tribunal, judicial examination, litigation, tribunal  
3    attempt, crack     (informal)   effort, endeavour, go     (informal)   shot     (informal)   stab     (informal)   try, venture, whack     (informal)  
4    adversity, affliction, burden, cross to bear, distress, grief, hardship, hard times, load, misery, ordeal, pain, suffering, tribulation, trouble, unhappiness, vexation, woe, wretchedness  
5    bane, bother, drag     (informal)   hassle     (informal)   irritation, nuisance, pain in the arse     (taboo informal)   pain in the neck     (informal)   pest, plague     (informal)   thorn in one's flesh, vexation  
6    experimental, exploratory, pilot, probationary, provisional, testing  

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