Roget category 4634. Words relating to the intellectual faculties
› 4.2. Precursory conditions and operations
verification, probation, experimentum crucis [Lat.], proof, (demonstration) 478 — criterion, diagnostic, test, probe, crucial test, acid test, litmus test.
crucible, reagent, check, touchstone, pix† — assay, ordeal — ring — litmus paper, curcuma paper†, turmeric paper — test tube — analytical instruments etc. 633.
empiricism, rule of thumb.
feeler — trial balloon, pilot balloon, messenger balloon — pilot engine — scout — straw to show the wind.
speculation, random shot, leap in the dark.
analyzer, analyst, assayist† — adventurer — experimenter, experimentist†, experimentalist — scientist, engineer, technician.
subject, experimentee†, guinea pig, experimental animal.
[experimental method] protocol, experimental method, blind experiment, double-blind experiment, controlled experiment.
poll, survey, opinion poll.
epidemiological survey [Med.], retrospective analysis, retrospective survey, prospective survey, prospective analysis — statistical analysis.
literature search, library research.
[results of experiment] discovery etc. 480 — measurement etc. 466 — evidence etc. 467.
[reasoning about an experiment] deduction, induction, abduction.
make an experiment,
make a trial of —
give a trial to —
put on trial,
subject to trial —
experiment upon —
put to the test,
bring to the test,
submit to the test,
submit to the proof —
try one's strength —
take for a spin —
grope — feel one's way, grope for one's way — fumble, t=atonner, aller =a t=atons [Fr.], put out a feeler, throw out a feeler — send up a trial balloon, send up a pilot balloon — see how the land lies, get the lay of the land, test the waters, feel out, sound out, take the pulse, see, check, check out [Coll.], see how the wind blows — consult the barometer — feel the pulse — fish for, bob for — cast for, beat about for — angle, trawl, cast one's net, beat the bushes.
try one's fortune etc. (adventure) 675 — explore etc. (inquire) 461.
probative, probatory†, probationary, provisional — analytic, docimastic† — tentative — unverified, unproven, speculative, untested.
on one's trial,
check it out,
give it a try,
see how it goes —
Run it up the flagpole and see who salutes"
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