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test | fire |

As nouns the difference between test and fire

is that test is while fire is the sector of the economy including finance, insurance and real estate businesses.



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.
  • fire



  • (uncountable) A (usually self-sustaining) chemical reaction involving the bonding of oxygen with carbon or other fuel, with the production of heat and the presence of flame or smouldering.
  • (countable) Something that has produced or is capable of producing this chemical reaction, such as a campfire.
  • * , chapter=8
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=We toted in the wood and got the fire going nice and comfortable. Lord James still set in one of the chairs and Applegate had cabbaged the other and was hugging the stove.}}
  • (countable) The often accidental occurrence of fire in a certain place.
  • (uncountable, alchemy) One of the four basic elements.
  • ).
  • (countable, British) A heater or stove used in place of a real fire (such as an electric fire).
  • (countable) The elements necessary to start a fire.
  • (uncountable) The bullets or other projectiles fired from a gun.
  • Strength of passion, whether love or hate.
  • * Atterbury
  • He had fire in his temper.
  • Liveliness of imagination or fancy; intellectual and moral enthusiasm.
  • * (Alexander Pope)
  • And bless their critic with a poet's fire .
  • Splendour; brilliancy; lustre; hence, a star.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • Stars, hide your fires .
  • * (John Milton)
  • As in a zodiac representing the heavenly fires .
  • (countable) A button (on a joypad, joystick or similar device) usually used to make a video game character fire a weapon.
  • Derived terms

    * all-fire * add fuel to the fire * back fire * balefire * ball of fire * baptism of fire * bonfire * brush-fire * brush fire * bushfire * campfire * catch fire * ceasefire * covering fire * electric fire * fiery * fight fire with fire * fire alarm * fire and brimstone * fire away * firearm * fireball * fire bay * fire beater * fireblast * firebolt * firebomb * firebrand * firebreak * fire brigade * firebug * fireclay * fire company * firecracker * fire department * firedog * fire drill * fire eater * fire engine * fire escape * fire exit * fire extinguisher * fire-fight * firefight * firefighter * fire flapper * firefly * fireguard * fire hose * firehouse * fire hydrant * fire in the belly * firelighter * fireman * fireplace * fireplug * fireproof * fire resistant * fire retardant * fireshine * fire ship * fire station * fireside * fire sign * fire-starter * fire step * firestop * fire swab * fire swatter * fire teaser * fire trench * fire truck * fire up * firewire * firewoman * firewood * firework * forest fire * friendly fire * gas fire * grassfire * grass fire * Greek fire * hang fire * heap coals on fire * hold your fire * hold someone's feet to the fire * irons in the fire * light someone's fire * no smoke without fire * on fire * open fire * ordeal of fire * play with fire * Promethean fire * pull out of the fire * rapid fire * real fire * St Anthony's fire * St Elmo's fire * trial by fire


  • (lb) To set (something) on fire.
  • * Chapter 20:
  • *:"Then I slipped up again with a box of matches, fired' my heap of paper and rubbish, put the chairs and bedding thereby, led the gas to the affair, by means of an india-rubber tube, and waving a farewell to the room left it for the last time." ¶ "You '''fired''' the house!" exclaimed Kemp. ¶ "' Fired the house. It was the only way to cover my trail—and no doubt it was insured."
  • *1907 , (Jack London), (The Iron Heel)
  • *:It was long a question of debate, whether the burning of the South Side ghetto was accidental, or whether it was done by the Mercenaries; but it is definitely settled now that the ghetto was fired by the Mercenaries under orders from their chiefs.
  • (lb) To heat without setting on fire, as ceramic, metal objects, etc.
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  • *
  • *:So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired -in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills,a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
  • (lb) To drive away by setting a fire.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Till my bad angel fire my good one out.
  • (lb) To terminate the employment contract of (an employee), especially for cause (such as misconduct or poor performance).
  • *1969 , (Vladimir Nabokov), , Penguin 2011, p.226:
  • *:The first, obvious choice was hysterical and fantastic Blanche – had there not been her timidity, her fear of being ‘fired ’.
  • (lb) To shoot (a device that launches a projectile or a pulse of stream of something).
  • :
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  • (lb) To shoot a gun, a cannon or a similar weapon.
  • :
  • :
  • To shoot; to attempt to score a goal.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2010, date=December 29, author=Mark Vesty, work=BBC
  • , title= Wigan 2-2 Arsenal , passage=Andrey Arshavin equalised with a superb volley into the corner before Nicklas Bendtner coolly fired Arsenal in front.}}
  • To cause an action potential in a cell.
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  • (lb) To forcibly direct (something).
  • :
  • To initiate an event (by means of an event handler).
  • :
  • To inflame; to irritate, as the passions.
  • :
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:Love had fired my mind.
  • To animate; to give life or spirit to.
  • :
  • To feed or serve the fire of.
  • :
  • To light up as if by fire; to illuminate.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:[The sun] fires the proud tops of the eastern pines.
  • (lb) To cauterize.
  • To catch fire; to be kindled.
  • To be irritated or inflamed with passion.
  • Synonyms

    * (set on fire) See set on fire * (sense) let off, loose (archery), shoot, * (terminate the employment of) dismiss, be given one's cards, be given the boot]], be given the elbow, [[heave-ho, be given the old heave-ho, let go, make redundant, sack, throw out * (sense) open fire, shoot * See also


    * (to terminate the employment) hire

    Derived terms

    * fire away * fire off * fire up * firing * overfired * ! * underfired * unfirable * you're fired