Another arrangement, new to us, was the method of ascertaining how much the gasoline duty would be.
But as to what was going on in the master's cabin he had no way of ascertaining.
The whole ingenuity of mankind would seem devoted to ascertaining how much a bullock can eat, and how little will feed a laborer.
It is embodied in the ever wider choices of ascertaining our identity.
We see this done in foreign names every day by persons who have no means of ascertaining the correct pronunciation.
That I have no means of ascertaining, but that there is one I am sure.
There is not much difficulty in ascertaining the relationship.
An instrument for ascertaining the quantity of moisture in the atmosphere.
We have no means of ascertaining this, as Phœbus, who might have suggested the time of day, is a long way out of sight.
This was certainly a rough method of ascertaining the distance traversed!
early 15c., "to inform, to give assurance," from Anglo-French acerteiner, Old French acertener "to assure, certify" (13c.), from a "to" (see ad-) + certain "certain" (see certain). Modern meaning of "find out for sure by experiment or investigation" is first attested 1794. Related: Ascertained; ascertaining.