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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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