Definition of assay :
1. Examination and determination; test; as, an assay of bread or wine.
2. Tested purity or value.
3. 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.
4. The alloy or metal to be assayed.
5. To affect.
6. To attempt, try, or endeavor.
7. 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.
8. To try tasting, as food or drink.
9. To try; to attempt; to apply.
10. Trial by danger or by affliction; adventure; risk; hardship; state of being tried.
11. Trial; attempt; essay.
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analyze (part of speech: verb)
experiment (part of speech: verb)
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- In this instance it is observable that the portion of the customary dues rendered for the 285 houses, which went to the Exchequer, was collected by the sheriff under the strictest rules of weight and assay, whereas the portion allotted to the widow of Edward the Confessor was received by the tale only. - "Exeter", Sidney Heath.
- " The first thing I did the next morning after reaching Saguache, was to eat breakfast, and then I took the samples of ore to Amos' assay office. - "Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew", Robert McReynolds.
- Your paragraph relates further, that Sir Isaac Newton reported an assay taken at the Tower, of Wood's metal, by which it appears that Wood had in all respects performed his contract. - "Political Pamphlets", George Saintsbury.