Assay 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] [1913 Webster]

To-night let us assay our plot. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Soft words to his fierce passion she assayed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To affect. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

When the heart is ill assayed. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To try tasting, as food or drink. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(to determine the quality of metals, alloys, or ores), , , , (metallic substances), ,

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