tester

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English[edit]

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A tester (canopy) above a pulpit

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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from Old French testre, from Latin testa.

Noun[edit]

tester (plural testers)

  1. A canopy over a bed etc.
    • Walpole
      No testers to the bed, and the saddles and portmanteaus heaped on me to keep off the cold.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 11
      With our shaggy jackets drawn about our shoulders, we now passed the Tomahawk from one to the other, till slowly there grew over us a blue hanging tester of smoke, illuminated by the flame of the new-lit lamp.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, The China Governess[1]:
      The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […]  The bed was the most extravagant piece.  Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.

Etymology 2[edit]

A vacuum tube tester

From test +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

tester (plural testers)

  1. A person who administers a test.
  2. A device used for testing.
  3. (Australia, slang, obsolete) A punishment of 25 lashes (strokes of a whip) across a person′s back.[1]
  4. A sample of perfume available in a shop for customers to try before they buy.
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Etymology 3[edit]

For testern, teston, from French teston, from Old French teste the head, the head of the king being impressed upon the coin. See tester a covering, and compare testone, testoon.

Noun[edit]

tester (plural testers)

  1. An old French silver coin.
  2. (UK, slang, dated) A sixpence.
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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1987, Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore, 1996, paperback, ISBN 1-86046-150-6, Chapter 12.

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French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

test +‎ -er

Verb[edit]

tester

  1. to test
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin testor.

Verb[edit]

tester

  1. to write one's will
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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

tester

  1. first-person singular present active subjunctive of testor

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

tester

  1. indefinite plural of test