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Test vs Dummy - What's the difference?

test | dummy |

As nouns the difference between test and dummy

is that test is while dummy is a silent person; a person who does not talk.

As a verb dummy is

to make a mock-up or prototype version of something, without some or all off its intended functionality.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) ; see terra, thirst.


(en noun)
  • A cupel or cupelling hearth in which precious metals are melted for trial and refinement.
  • A , trial.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
  • , author=Colin Allen , title=Do I See What You See? , volume=100, issue=2, page=168 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=Numerous experimental tests and other observations have been offered in favor of animal mind reading, and although many scientists are skeptical, others assert that humans are not the only species capable of representing what others do and don’t perceive and know.}}
  • (academia) An examination, given often during the academic term.
  • A session in which a product or piece of equipment is examined under everyday or extreme conditions to evaluate its durability, etc.
  • A Test match.
  • (marine biology) The external calciferous shell, or endoskeleton, of an echinoderm, e.g. sand dollars]] and sea urchins.
  • (botany) Testa; seed coat.
  • Judgment; distinction; discrimination.
  • * Dryden
  • Who would excel, when few can make a test / Betwixt indifferent writing and the best?
    * (challenge) challenge, trial * (sense) quiz, examination
    * (challenge) breeze * (sense) recess
    Derived terms
    * acid test * babysitter test * blood test * flame test * inkblot test * litmus test * nose test * Rorschach test * smell test * smoke test * sniff test * stress test * test case * tester * test tube
    * German: (l) * Dutch: (l)


    (en verb)
  • To refine (gold, silver, etc.) in a test or cupel; to subject to cupellation.
  • To .
  • Climbing the mountain tested our stamina.
  • To put to the proof; to prove the truth, genuineness, or quality of by experiment, or by some principle or standard; to try.
  • to test''' the soundness of a principle; to '''test the validity of an argument
  • * Washington
  • Experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution.
  • (academics) To administer or assign an examination, often given during the academic term, to (somebody).
  • To place a product or piece of equipment under everyday and/or extreme conditions and examine it for its durability, etc.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Charles T. Ambrose
  • , title= Alzheimer’s Disease , volume=101, issue=3, page=200, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems— […]. Such a slow-release device containing angiogenic factors could be placed on the pia mater covering the cerebral cortex and tested in persons with senile dementia in long term studies.}}
  • (copulative) To be shown to be by test.
  • (chemistry) To examine or try, as by the use of some reagent.
  • to test a solution by litmus paper
    * German: (l)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) tester, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A witness.
  • * Ld. Berners
  • Prelates and great lords of England, who were for the more surety tests of that deed.


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To make a testament, or will.
  • dummy



  • A silent person; a person who does not talk.
  • An unintelligent person.
  • Don't be such a dummy !
  • A figure of a person or animal used by a ventriloquist; a puppet.
  • Something constructed with the size and form of a human, to be used in place of a person.
  • To understand the effects of the accident, we dropped a dummy from the rooftop.
  • A deliberately nonfunctional device or tool used in place of a functional one.
  • The hammer and drill in the display are dummies .
  • (AU, UK, NZ) A "dummy teat"; a plastic or rubber teat used to soothe or comfort a baby; a pacifier.
  • The baby wants her dummy .
  • * 2006 , Tizzie Hall, Save Our Sleep: A Parents? Guide Towards Happy, Sleeping Babies from Birth to Two Years , MacMillan 2009, page 200,
  • Then on the fifth day, at the first sleep of the day, remove the dummy' and follow my settling guide for your baby?s age. You should throw all her ' dummies in the bin to ensure you are not tempted to use them again – even outside sleep times.
  • * 2008 , Bern, Bern's Fairy Tales , page 15,
  • No Fairy baby has ever been seen to suck its thumb or to use a dummy .
  • * 2011 , Simone Cave, Caroline Fertleman, Baby to Toddler Month by Month , page 85,
  • We?ve found that going cold turkey works best – you check that your baby isn't ill or teething, then throw all dummies' away. When your baby cries for her ' dummy , you can look her in the eye and say, ‘It?s gone,’ and really mean it.
  • (card games, chiefly, bridge) A player whose hand is shown and is to be played from by another player.
  • (UK) A bodily gesture meant to fool an opposing player in sport; a feint.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 12 , author=Saj Chowdhury , title=Liverpool 2 - 1 Liverpool , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Raul Meireles was the victim of the home side's hustling on this occasion giving the ball away to the impressive David Vaughan who slipped in Taylor-Fletcher. The striker sold Daniel Agger with the best dummy of the night before placing his shot past keeper Pepe Reina.}}
  • (linguistics) A word serving only to make a construction grammatical.
  • The pronoun "it" in "It's a mystery why this happened" is a dummy .
  • (programming) An unused parameter or value.
  • If flag1 is false, the other parameters are dummies .


    * (a thing in the form of a person) mannequin, marionette * (plastic teat) pacifier (US), soother (Canada)

    Derived terms

    * dummy bid * dummy bidder

    See also

    * dud * fake * feint


  • To make a mock-up or prototype version of something, without some or all off its intended functionality.
  • The carpenters dummied some props for the rehearsals.
  • To feint
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=February 1 , author=Mandeep Sanghera , title=Man Utd 3 - 1 Aston Villa , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The more glamorous qualities usually associated with him are skill and pace and he used those to race on to a ball across him and dummy a defender before having a right-foot shot saved. }}
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 15 , author=Kevin Darling , title=West Ham 0 - 3 Arsenal , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=For the first, the 30-year-old allowed Walcott space on the right to send in a pass that was expertly dummied by Samir Nasri, allowing Van Persie to swivel and smash right-footed past Robert Green. }}

    Derived terms

    * dummy out * dummy up