I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French assai, essai — more at essay Date: 14th century 1. archaic trial, attempt 2. examination and determination as to characteristics (as weight, measure, or quality) 3. analysis (as of an ore or drug) to determine the presence, absence, or quantity of one or more components; also a test used in this analysis 4. a substance to be assayed; also the tabulated result of assaying II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. try, attempt 2. a. to analyze (as an ore) for one or more specific components b. to judge the worth of ; estimate intransitive verb to prove up in an assay • assayer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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

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  • Assay — As*say , n. [OF. asai, essai, trial, F. essa. See {Essay}, n.] 1. Trial; attempt; essay. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] I am withal persuaded that it may prove much more easy in the assay than it now seems at distance. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • assay — ► NOUN ▪ the testing of a metal or ore to determine its ingredients and quality. ► VERB 1) carry out an assay on. 2) archaic attempt. DERIVATIVES assayer noun. ORIGIN Old French assai, essai trial …   English terms dictionary

  • assay — [as′ā, a sā′; ] for v. [ a sā′, əsā] n. [ME & Anglo Fr assai < OFr essai, trial: see ESSAY, n.] 1. an examination or testing 2. the analysis of an ore, alloy, drug, etc. to determine the nature, proportion, or purity of the ingredients 3. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Assay — As*say , v. i. To attempt, try, or endeavor. [Archaic. In this sense essay is now commonly used.] [1913 Webster] She thrice assayed to speak. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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