(Tes"ter) n. [OE. testere a headpiece, helmet, OF. testiere, F. têtière a head covering, fr. OF. teste the head, F. tête, fr. L. testa an earthen pot, the skull. See Test a cupel, and cf. Testière.]

1. A headpiece; a helmet. [Obs.]

The shields bright, testers, and trappures.

2. A flat canopy, as over a pulpit or tomb. Oxf. Gross.

3. A canopy over a bed, supported by the bedposts.

No testers to the bed, and the saddles and portmanteaus heaped on me to keep off the cold.

(Tes"ter), n. [For testern, teston, fr. F. teston, fr. OF. teste the head, the head of the king being impressed upon the coin. See Tester a covering, and cf. Testone, Testoon.] An old French silver coin, originally of the value of about eighteen pence, subsequently reduced to ninepence, and later to sixpence, sterling. Hence, in modern English slang, a sixpence; — often contracted to tizzy. Called also teston. Shak.

(Tes"tern) n. A sixpence; a tester. [Obs.]

(Tes"tern), v. t. To present with a tester. [Obs.] Shak.

(||Tes"tes) n., pl. of Teste, or of Testis.

(||Tes`ti*car"di*nes) n. pl. [NL. See Test a shell, and Cardo.] (Zoöl.) A division of brachiopods including those which have a calcareous shell furnished with a hinge and hinge teeth. Terebratula and Spirifer are examples.

(Tes"ti*cle) n. [L. testiculus, dim. of testis a testicle, probably the same word as testis a witness, as being a witness to manhood. Cf. Test a witness.] (Anat.) One of the essential male genital glands which secrete the semen.

(Tes"ti*cond) a. [L. testis testis + condere to hide.] (Zoöl.) Having the testicles naturally concealed, as in the case of the cetaceans.

(Tes*tic"u*lar) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the testicle.

(Tes*tic"u*late) a. [NL. testiculatus.] (Bot.) (a) Shaped like a testicle, ovate and solid. (b) Having two tubers resembling testicles in form, as some species of orchis.

(||Tes`ti*ère") n. [OF. testiere. See Tester a headpiece.] A piece of plate armor for the head of a war horse; a tester.

(Tes"tif) a. [See Testy.] Testy; headstrong; obstinate. [Obs.]

Testif they were and lusty for to play.

(Tes`ti*fi*ca"tion) n. [L. testificatio: cf. OF. testification. See Testify.] The act of testifying, or giving testimony or evidence; as, a direct testification of our homage to God. South.

(Tes"ti*fi*ca`tor) n. [NL.] A testifier.

(Tes"ti*fi`er) n. One who testifies; one who gives testimony, or bears witness to prove anything; a witness.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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