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dry run Execution of a program in a manner analogous to a production run, but for purposes of checking that the program behaves correctly rather than for producing useful results. The results of execution are compared with expected results; any discrepancies indicate an error of some sort that must be investigated before the program is put into production usage.

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dry run • n. inf. a rehearsal of a performance or procedure before the real one: the president went through a dry run of his speech.