Meaning of beta test

be'ta test"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a set of mental tests designed to measure the general intelligence of individuals unable to read and write adequately or at all, used by the U.S. Army in World War I. Cf.
  2. a quality-control technique in which hardware or software is subjected to trial in the environment for which it was designed, usually after debugging by the manufacturer and immediately prior to marketing.


Pronunciation: (bā'tu-test"), [key]
  1. to subject (software or hardware) to a beta test.
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