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See also: Assay
assay (plural assays)
- Trial, attempt.
- Examination and determination; test.
- c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene iii]:
- This cannot be, by no assay of reason.
- The qualitative or quantitative chemical analysis of something.
- Trial by danger or by affliction; adventure; risk; hardship; state of being tried.
- Tested purity or value.
- The act or process of ascertaining the proportion of a particular metal in an ore or alloy; especially, the determination of the proportion of gold or silver in bullion or coin.
- The alloy or metal to be assayed.
trial, attempt, essay
the qualitative or quantitative chemical analysis of something
- (transitive) To attempt (something). [from 14th c.]
- 1936, Alfred Edward Housman, More Poems, IV, The Sage to the Young Man, ll.5-8:
- Who seest the stark array
And hast not stayed to count
But singly wilt assay
The many-cannoned mount […].
- 2011 May 28, “All-pro, anti-American”, in The Economist:
- Speaking before a small crowd beneath antique airplanes suspended in the atrium of the State of Iowa Historical Museum, an effortfully cheerful Mr Romney assayed an early version of a stump speech I imagine will become a staple of his campaign for the Republican nomination, once it "officially" begins some time next week in New Hampshire.
- (archaic, intransitive) To try, attempt (to do something). [14th–19th c.]
- (transitive) To analyze or estimate the composition or value of (a metal, ore etc.). [from 15th c.]
- (obsolete, transitive) To test the abilities of (someone) in combat; to fight. [15th–17th c.]
- 1951, Geoffrey Chaucer, translated by Nevill Coghill, The Canterbury Tales: Translated into Modern English (Penguin Classics), Penguin Books, published 1977, page 351:
- The marquis, in obsession for his wife,
Longed to expose her constancy to test.
He could not throw the thought away or rest,
Having a marvellous passion to assay her;
Needless, God knows, to frighten and dismay her,
He had assayed her faith enough before
And ever found her good; what was the need
Of heaping trial on her, more and more?
- To affect.
- To try tasting, as food or drink.
to attempt, to try
to analyze (a metal, compound)
to test the abilities of (someone) in combat; to fight
assay (plural assayes)
- Examining; investigation, looking into, research:
- A try or effort towards something.
- (rare) Facts in support in assertion; evidence.
- (rare) One's personality; the nature of something or someone.
- (rare) A deed, action or doing; an endeavour or business.
- “assai, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-07-17.
- “sai, n.(1).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-07-17.
- Alternative form of