1. trying something to find out about it

    Synonyms : test, trial run, tryout
    Type Of : experimentation, experiment
    Examples :
    • a sample for ten days free trial
    • a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain
  2. an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event

    Synonyms : tribulation, visitation
    Type Of : affliction
    Examples :
    • his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him
  3. the act of testing something

    Synonyms : run, test
    Type Of : effort, endeavor, endeavour, attempt, try
    Examples :
    • in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately
    • he called each flip of the coin a new trial
  4. the act of undergoing testing

    Synonyms : test
    Type Of : endeavor, effort, try, attempt, endeavour
    Examples :
    • candidates must compete in a trial of skill
  5. (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law

    Type Of : legal proceeding, proceedings, proceeding
    Examples :
    • he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty
    • most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial
  6. (sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications

    Type Of : contest, competition
    Examples :
    • the trials for the semifinals began yesterday


  1. someone who pays taxes

    Type Of : payer, remunerator


  1. stretch (a shoe) on a shoetree

    Synonyms : shoetree
    Type Of : stretch, elongate
  2. English actor and theatrical producer noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare (1853-1917)

    Synonyms : sir herbert beerbohm tree
  3. a figure that branches from a single root

    Synonyms : tree diagram
    Type Of : plane figure, two-dimensional figure
    Examples :
    • genealogical tree
  4. force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape

    Synonyms : corner
    Type Of : point, manoeuvre, channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, steer
  5. a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms

    Type Of : ligneous plant, woody plant
  6. chase an animal up a tree

    Type Of : track, give chase, trail, tail, chase, chase after, dog, tag, go after
    Examples :
    • the hunters treed the bear with dogs and killed it
    • her dog likes to tree squirrels
  7. plant with trees

    Type Of : plant, set
    Examples :
    • this lot should be treed so that the house will be shaded in summer


  1. draw out a discussion or process in order to gain time

    Synonyms : temporise
    Type Of : draw out, extend, prolong, protract
    Examples :
    • The speaker temporized in order to delay the vote


  1. art consisting of a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on three panels (usually hinged together)

    Type Of : art, fine art


  1. speak unfavorably about

    Synonyms : badmouth, drag through the mud, malign
    Type Of : asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, denigrate, slander, smear, smirch, sully


  1. (logic) a statement that is necessarily true

    Type Of : true statement, truth
    Examples :
    • the statement `he is brave or he is not brave' is a tautology
  2. useless repetition

    Type Of : repetitiousness, repetitiveness
    Examples :
    • to say that something is `adequate enough' is a tautology


  1. twisted together; as of filaments spun into a thread

    Synonyms : thrown and twisted
    Examples :
    • thrown silk is raw silk that has been twisted and doubled into yarn
  2. caused to fall to the ground

    Examples :
    • the thrown rider got back on his horse
    • a thrown wrestler
    • a ball player thrown for a loss


  1. a storm resulting from strong rising air currents; heavy rain or hail along with thunder and lightning

    Synonyms : electric storm, electrical storm
    Type Of : storm, violent storm


  1. feeling intense pleasurable excitement