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Webster 1913 Edition


Examination

Ex-amˊi-na′tion

,
Noun.
[L.
examinatio
: cf. F.
examination
.]
1.
The act of examining, or state of being examined; a careful search, investigation, or inquiry; scrutiny by study or experiment.
2.
A process prescribed or assigned for testing qualification;
as, the
examination
of a student, or of a candidate for admission to the bar or the ministry
.
He neglected the studies, . . . stood low at the
examinations
.
Macaulay.
Syn. – Search; inquiry; investigation; research; scrutiny; inquisition; inspection; exploration.

Webster 1828 Edition


Examination

EXAMINA'TION

,
Noun.
[L. examinatio. See Examen.]
1.
The act of examining; a careful search or inquiry, with a view to discover truth or the real state of things; careful and accurate inspection of a thing and its parts; as an examination of a house or a ship.
2.
Mental inquiry; disquisition; careful consideration of the circumstances or facts which relate to a subject or question; a view of qualities and relations, and an estimate of their nature and importance.
3.
Trial by a rule or law.
4.
In judicial proceedings, a careful inquiry into facts by testimony; an attempt to ascertain truth by inquiries and interrogatories; as the examination of a witness or the merits of a cause.
5.
In seminaries of learning, an inquiry into the acquisitions of the students, by questioning them in literature and the sciences, and by hearing their recitals.
6.
In chimistry and other sciences, a searching for the nature and qualities of substances, by experiments; the practice or application of the docimastic art.

Definition 2021


examination

examination

English

Noun

examination (plural examinations)

  1. The act of examining.
    • 2013 July 20, Welcome to the plastisphere”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      [The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, [].
  2. Particularly, an inspection by a medical professional to establish the extent and nature of any sickness or injury.
  3. A formal test involving answering written or oral questions with no or limited access to text books or the like.

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