Definition of essay :
1. A composition treating of any particular subject; - usually shorter and less methodical than a formal, finished treatise; as, an essay on the life and writings of Homer; an essay on fossils, or on commerce.
2. An assay. See Assay, n.
3. An effort made, or exertion of body or mind, for the performance of anything; a trial; attempt; as, to make an essay to benefit a friend.
4. To exert one's power or faculties upon; to make an effort to perform; to attempt; to endeavor; to make experiment or trial of; to try.
5. To test the value and purity of ( metals); to assay. See Assay.
screen, quiz, analyse, shew, show, render, probe, stress, paper, try out, search, strain, canvass, audition, tryout, go, offer, prove, strive, turn out, rise, undertake, examine, trial, study, stab, sample, try, look for, judge, establish, composition, try on, take, bear witness, words, hear, canvas, analyze, seek, experiment, piece, shot, crack, see, set about, proof, leaven, evidence, demonstrate, adjudicate, test, taste, raise, investigate, testify, turn up
dissertation (part of speech: noun)
contention, examination, interpolation, article, discussion, thesis, position, assertion, argument, hypothesis, research, commentary, criticism, analysis, conjecture, postulation, opinion, premise, dissertation, critique
topic (part of speech: noun)
inference, principle, text, question, theorem, idea, concept, point, subject, assumption, theme, matter, presumption, issue, basis, problem, consideration, statement, paradigm, exposition, motif, topic, belief, axiom, query
endeavor (part of speech: noun)
deed, performance, gambit, endeavor, action, job, enterprise, effort, attempt, assay, purpose, production, maneuver, venture, aim, commitment, engagement, contract, proceeding, undertaking, project, approach, adventure, exploit
- 536, and FarmerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ s Essay, p. - "Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare", D. Nichol Smith.
- In every essay that follows, there are the same great odds and the same electric call to the youth to face them. - "Birds and Poets", John Burroughs.
- Well, this is an essay on death, or worse, on dying: to return to daylight and the winds, I perceive I have grown to live too much in my work and too little in life. - "The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)", Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang.