When scientists or researchers field-test something, they try it or test it in the environment in which it's intended to be used.

Engineers, developers, and inventors all have reason to field-test products. For example, if a drug company is developing a new medicine, they might first test it in a laboratory and then field-test it, having actual patients try it. Educators might field-test a new curriculum, and military planners often field-test weapons or vehicles before outfitting entire armies with them. In field-test, the field is the "natural location or context."

Definitions of field-test

v test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used

“The Army field tested the new tanks”
Type of:
essay, examine, prove, test, try, try out
put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

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