tester

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English[edit]

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A tester (canopy) above a pulpit

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtɛstə/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛstə(r)

Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from Old French testre, from Latin testa.

Noun[edit]

tester (plural testers)

  1. A canopy over a bed.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, III.13:
      And I could as hardly spare my gloves as my shirt, or forbeare washing of my hands both in the mornng and rising from the table, or lye in a bed without a testerne and curtaines about it, as of most necessary things.
    • (Can we date this quote by Walpole and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      No testers to the bed, and the saddles and portmanteaus heaped on me to keep off the cold.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in 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 half tester 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.
  2. Something that overhangs something else; especially a canopy or soundboard over a pulpit.
    • 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.

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.
  5. (cycling) A cyclist who focuses on success in time trials.
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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. (Britain, slang, dated) A sixpence.
    Synonyms: teston, tizzy
    • 1602, S[amuel] R[owlands], “How a Citizen was Serued by a Curtizan”, in Greenes Ghost Havnting Conie-catchers. [], London: Printed [by Peter Short?] for R[oger] Iackson, and I. North, [], OCLC 56005075; republished in The Complete Works of Samuel Rowlands: 1598–1628: Now First Collected, volume I, [Glasgow]: Printed [by R. Anderson] for the Hunterian Club, 1880, OCLC 7106712, page 42:
      When after their beaſtly ſport and pleaſure Mounſieur Libid[inoſo] heat of luſt was ſomewhat aſſwaged, and ready to goe, féeling his pocket for a venereall remuneration [i.e., a copper coin] finds nothing but a Teſter, or at leaſt ſo little, that it was not ſufficient to pleaſe dame Pleaſure for her hire. [...] My Ladie would not beléeue Monſ. Libid. a great while, but ſearched and féeled for more coine, [...]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1987, Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore, 1996, paperback, →ISBN, Chapter 12.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[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. (law) to write one's will

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

tester

  1. first-person singular present active subjunctive of testor

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

tester m

  1. indefinite plural of test

Verb[edit]

tester

  1. present of teste

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

tester

  1. indefinite plural of test