ascertaining (part of speech: verb)
- I had meanwhile sought all private means of ascertaining what Frenchmen of rank and station were in that capital in the autumn of 1849. Among the list of the very few such Messieurs I fixed upon one as the most likely to be the mysterious Achille- Achille was, indeed, his nom de bapteme. - "The Parisians, Book 10.", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
- What its exact weight or size may have been we had no means of ascertaining, but I never saw or heard of such an enormous ape, if a gorilla is really an ape. - "Allan and the Holy Flower", H. Rider Haggard.
- But not, said Adrian, the neglect of Sir Walter in not ascertaining the fact in person. - "Rienzi", Edward Bulwer Lytton.