acid test


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n acid test a rigorous or crucial appraisal
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  • Andrew Jensen
    Andrew Jensen
    “The real acid test of courage is to be just your honest self when everybody is trying to be like somebody else.”
  • Lord Trent
    Lord Trent
    “I learned very early in my life in Whitehall, the acid test of any political question is; What is the Alternative?”


Acid test - An acid test is something that proves whether something is good, effective, etc, or not.


In literature:

To be bigger than circumstance, that's the acid test for human character.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Her lines were read, not recited; and Shaw is the acid test for the amateur.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
This same acid test is applied to prove whether a writing is in ordinary ink, or has been lithographed or photographed.
"The Detection of Forgery" by Douglas Blackburn
A convenient way to prepare hydrogen is to use zinc and hydrochloric acid with a test-tube for a generator.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Game himself, he had little patience with those who did not stand the acid test.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Lean and muscular and sunbaked, he looked out of cool, gray eyes upon a man's world that had often put him through the acid test.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
It is necessary to test the bath in a similar manner, frequently adding half a drop to a drop of dilute acid when required.
"Notes and Queries, Number 219, January 7, 1854" by Various
The neutralizing power of these acids was then tested.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885" by Various
Test a portion of the rest of the solution of the ether extract for oxalic acid (page 282, step 5).
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
The writer believes for city milk inspectors that the acid test would serve a very useful purpose.
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell

In news:

In addition to taking measures to prevent livestock toxicity, producers can also consider testing forage for prussic acid content, according to an Ohio State University Extension specialist.
Revision of D7371 - 07 Standard Test Method for Determination of Biodiesel (Fatty Acid Methyl Esters) Content in Diesel Fuel Oil Using Mid Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR-ATR-PLS Method).
New Test Method for Determination of Sulfur Trioxide and Sulfuric Acid Vapor and Mist, from Stationary Sources Using a Controlled Condensation Sampling System.
"Acid Test," Lynne Kaufman's 90-minute trip back to the '60s, is a tantalizing tale for anyone who lived through the era and an enticing taste of history for those who didn't.
ConsumerLab also tested a "green coffee extract" drink mix from Starbucks and found a "considerable" amount of chlorogenic acids .
Ram Das ' Acid Test' at the Marsh—& a Few Richards: 'Richard the First' at Central Works & Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's 'Richard III'.
Water tests taken by biologists have determined many Adirondack lakes have life-threatening acid levels.
'Acid Test' a compelling and entertaining flashback to the 1960s.
Ram Das 'Acid Test' at the Marsh—& a Few Richards: 'Richard the First' at Central Works & Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's 'Richard III'.
Was the new, "Can you pass the acid test".
After each type of milk had been "digested," they tested for levels of free fatty acids, which have been shown in adult stomachs to damage cell membranes.
Low blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids are associated with smaller brain volume and poorer performance on tests of mental acuity, even in people without apparent dementia, according to a new study.
A new study testing B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids for cancer prevention has found no beneficial effect and — at least for women — some possibility of harm.
Checking the acidity and/or moisture content of refrigerant oil is one of the methods used to test if a refrigeration system is clean and uncontaminated.
Economic Acid Test for Google and Search Advertising.

In science:

Barnett and Pegg “acid-test” for quantum phase theories.
The quantum phase problem: steps toward a resolution
Given these criticisms, how does it fare as regards the acid test: Can it make new predictions, or only retrospectively justify known relationships? There are two cases where this kind of reasoning may be claimed to have made new predictions, rather than post hoc justifying relations that we already knew.
Editorial note to "Large number coincidences and the anthropic principle in cosmology"
We obviously need more data! Future solar neutrino detectors will measure the 8B spectrum and the N C/CC which will be acid tests of neutrino oscillation hypothesis; measurement of 7B e will also be crucial and the large rates will reduce statistical errors.
Solar and atmospheric neutrinos