an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
"his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him"
"life is full of tribulations"
"a visitation of the plague"
(sports) a preliminary competition to determine qualifications
"the trials for the semifinals began yesterday"
(law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law
"he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty"
"most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"
the act of undergoing testing
"he survived the great test of battle"
"candidates must compete in a trial of skill"
trying something to find out about it
"a sample for ten days free trial"
"a trial of progesterone failed to relieve the pain"
- trial run
the act of testing something
"in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"
"he called each flip of the coin a new trial"