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Meaning of field trial

field' tri"al

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a competition among sporting dogs under natural conditions in the field, in which the animals are judged on the basis of excellence of performance in hunting.
  2. a trial of a new product or procedure to determine its efficiency or usefulness in actual performance.
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