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Meaning of ASSAY

Pronunciation:  [n]'usey, [v]u'sey, u'sey

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an appraisal of the state of affairs; "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress"
  2. [v]  analyze (chemical substances)
  3. [v]  make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
 

ASSAY is a 5 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: attempt, check, essay, seek, try
 
 See Also: act, adventure, analyse, analyze, Apgar score, appraisal, assessment, bioassay, bioassay, canvass, chance, diagnostic assay, diagnostic test, endeavor, endeavour, examine, examine, fight, gamble, give it a try, give it a whirl, grope, hazard, lay on the line, move, paternity test, pick up the gauntlet, pregnancy test, prove, put on the line, risk, run a risk, Snellen test, stress test, strive, struggle, study, take a chance, take a dare, take chances, test, test, try out

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \As*say"\, n. [OF. asai, essai, trial, F. essa. See
    {Essay}, n.]
    1. Trial; attempt; essay. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    
             I am withal persuaded that it may prove much more
             easy in the assay than it now seems at distance.
                                                   --Milton.
    
    2. Examination and determination; test; as, an assay of bread
       or wine. [Obs.]
    
             This can not be, by no assay of reason. --Shak.
    
    3. Trial by danger or by affliction; adventure; risk;
       hardship; state of being tried. [Obs.]
    
             Through many hard assays which did betide.
                                                   --Spenser.
    
    4. Tested purity or value. [Obs.]
    
             With gold and pearl of rich assay.    --Spenser.
    
    5. (Metallurgy) 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.
    
    6. The alloy or metal to be assayed. --Ure.
    
    Usage: {Assay} and {essay} are radically the same word; but
           modern usage has appropriated {assay} chiefly to
           experiments in metallurgy, and {essay} to intellectual
           and bodily efforts. See {Essay}.
    
    Note: Assay is used adjectively or as the first part of a
          compound; as, assay balance, assay furnace.
    
    {Assay master}, an officer who assays or tests gold or silver
       coin or bullion.
    
    {Assay ton}, a weight of 29,1662/3 grams.
    
    
    
    
  2. \As*say"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Assayed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Assaying}.] [OF. asaier, essaier, F. essayer, fr. essai. See
    {Assay}, n., {Essay}, v.]
    1. To try; to attempt; to apply. [Obs. or Archaic]
    
             To-night let us assay our plot.       --Shak.
    
             Soft words to his fierce passion she assayed.
                                                   --Milton.
    
    2. To affect. [Obs.]
    
             When the heart is ill assayed.        --Spenser.
    
    3. To try tasting, as food or drink. [Obs.]
    
    4. To subject, as an ore, alloy, or other metallic compound,
       to chemical or metallurgical examination, in order to
       determine the amount of a particular metal contained in
       it, or to ascertain its composition.
    
    
  3. \As*say"\, v. i.
    To attempt, try, or endeavor. [Archaic. In this sense essay
    is now commonly used.]
    
          She thrice assayed to speak.             --Dryden.
    
    
 
Biology Dictionary
 
 Definition: A test for a particular substance.
 
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