prov|ing ground

prov|ing ground
prov|ing ground «PROO vihng»,
1. a place, usually a large tract of land, for testing equipment, especially military weapons, vehicles, and other equipment: »

The island is studded with the hallmark of the proving ground: towers (Newsweek).

2. any place that affords the possibility of testing, as an idea, invention, or skill: »

The whole southern portion of the southern hemisphere is an excellent proving ground for many large-scale meteorological theories (E. F. Roots). Figurative. Ellington himself, who [had] always used his orchestra as a proving ground for his compositions, [began] to write large, ambitious pieces again (New Yorker).

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