What does the word trial mean?

Usage examples for trial

  1. " I had no idea when I started," Darrell replied, " but on reading the morning paper, on my way over, I concluded you wanted me at that trial this afternoon." – At the Time Appointed by A. Maynard Barbour
  2. An action thus begun is followed by a trial of the case unless it is settled. – Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman by Albert Sidney Bolles
  3. At any rate the trial might be made. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope