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marriage | test |

As nouns the difference between marriage and test

is that marriage is the state of being married while test is a cupel or cupelling hearth in which precious metals are melted for trial and refinement.

As a verb test is

to refine (gold, silver, etc.) in a test or cupel; to subject to cupellation.



  • (en noun)
  • The state of being married.
  • You should enter marriage for love.
  • A union of two or more people that creates a family tie and carries legal and/or social rights and responsibilities.
  • * 1944 , Tiaki Hikawera Mitira, Takitimu , page 123:
  • By his marriage to his two wives, Tapuwae quietly strengthened all of the pas of the Wairoa district, as many of them came under his control through these unions.
  • * 1990 , John Stevens, Lust for enlightenment: Buddhism and sex :
  • One layman in Buddha's time decided to embrace celibacy and relinquished his marriage vows to his four wives. When he asked them what they wanted in terms of a settlement, one said,
  • * 1995 , Edith Deen, All of the women of the Bible , page 275:
  • The account of the loss of the blessing of his father Isaac appears immediately after Esau's marriage to his Hittite wives.
  • * 2009 , Charles Zastrow, Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare: Empowering People (ISBN 0495809527), page 30:
  • In an open marriage , the partners are free to have extramarital relationships or sex without betraying one another. Such a marriage is based on communication, trust, and respect,
  • # (often specifically) The union of any two people, to the exclusion of all others.
  • #* '>citation
  • "I have a patient right now whose marriage proved to be a tragedy. She wanted love, sexual gratification, children, and social prestige; but life blasted all her hopes. Her husband didn't love her. He refused even to eat with her, and forced her to serve his meals in his room upstairs. She had no children, no social standing. She went insane; and, in her imagination, she divorced her husband and resumed her maiden name. She now believes she has married into the English aristocracy, and she insists on being called Lady Smith.
  • My grandparents' marriage lasted for forty years.
  • Pat and Leslie's marriage to each other lasted forty years.
  • # (sometimes specifically) The union of one man and one woman, to the exclusion of all others.
  • A wedding; a ceremony in which people wed.
  • You are cordially invited to the marriage of James Smith and Jane Doe.
  • (figuratively) A close union.
  • * 2000 , Edmund E. Jacobitti, The Classical Heritage in Machiavelli's Histories'', in ''The comedy and tragedy of Machiavelli: essays on the literary works (edited by Vickie B. Sullivan), page 181:
  • And this marriage of poetry and history remained a solid relationship throughout the classical period.
  • * 2003 , Paul Mattick, Art in its time: theories and practices of modern aesthetics , page 105:
  • Above all, we will no longer have to feel qualms about the marriage of art and money. We will no longer have to wonder if it is possible to separate the esthetic value of an art work from its commercial value.
  • * 2006' August 9, Amy Scattergood, ''A wild dream in the wild'', published in the ''Los Angeles Times'', republished in '''2009 in ''The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook: A Year in the Life of a Restaurant (by Michelle and Phillip Wojtowicz and Michael Gilson with Catherine Price), on the cover:
  • But the food is real: a marriage of local ingredients and serious technique.
  • A joining of two parts.
  • (card games) A king and a queen, when held as a hand in Texas hold 'em or melded in pinochle.
  • (card games) In solitaire or patience games, the placing a card of the same suit on the next one above or below it in value.
  • Usage notes

    * For a detailed discussion of marriage as an institution, with its traditions, its norms, and its accompanying legal rights and obligations, please consult the . * On Wiktionary, see also "common-law marriage", "open marriage" and "gay marriage".


    * matrimony * wedding * civil union


    * divorce

    Derived terms

    (marriage) * arranged marriage * Boston marriage * celestial marriage, celestial plural marriage * ceremonial marriage * child marriage * civil marriage * common-law marriage, common law marriage * companionate marriage * consummate marriage * defend marriage * earthly marriage * eternal marriage * frank-marriage * gay marriage * ghost marriage * group marriage * heavenly marriage * heterosexual marriage * homosexual marriage * informal marriage * inmarriage * institution of marriage * intermarriage, inter-marriage * Josephite marriage * levirate marriage * line marriage * marriageability * marriageable * marriage bed * marriage by cohabitation with habit and repute * marriage by habit and repute * marriage certificate * marriage counseling, marriage counselling * marriage counselor, marriage counsellor * marriage finger * marriage guidance * marriage licence, marriage license * marriage lite * marriage of convenience * marriage penalty * mixed marriage * mop marriage * morganatic marriage * multilateral marriage * mystical marriage * natural marriage * open marriage * outmarriage * plural marriage * polygamous marriage * postmarriage * posthumous marriage * pre-marriage * proxy marriage * pseudomarriage, pseudo-marriage * remarriage * republican marriage * royal marriage * same-sex marriage * sexless marriage * shotgun marriage * sororate marriage * spirit marriage * suspended marriage * temple marriage * traditional marriage * unmarriageability * unmarriageable * white marriage * work marriage * yogic marriage

    See also

    * adelphogamy * bigamy * cohabitation * divorce * matrimony * monogamy * one flesh * polyandry * polygamy * polygyny * wedding * (group marriage)


    * Michael Weisenberg, The Official Dictionary of Poker (2000, MGI/Mike Caro University, ISBN 978-1880069523)





    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.