But nothing they essayed could fully drown out the keening of their lust to return to high office.
He changed to the tune of a minuet, then essayed at a melody more sweet and haunting than them all, but broken ere its finish.
He essayed his credit with a person of the name of Dufour, on the quay, and was refused.
Straightway the fellow in the bow opened conversation, trying several tongues, till finally he essayed the Arabic.
A long-drawn sigh escaped her lips and she essayed to stand alone.
Tommy essayed to make a dive, but did not get in deep enough to fully cover her back.
Next it essayed the lifting of a pen which lay there—but failed.
Then the man in the stalls stood up, and essayed to speak; but his voice was drowned in a perfect tornado of applause.
She essayed to stick her needle into her work, and pricked her finger in lieu of it.
The first time that Jarvis essayed the feat he burned his eyebrows off by getting too close to the door and facing it full.
1590s, "short non-fiction literary composition" (first attested in writings of Francis Bacon, probably in imitation of Montaigne), from Middle French essai "trial, attempt, essay," from Late Latin exagium "a weighing, weight," from Latin exigere "test," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + agere (see act) apparently meaning here "to weigh." The suggestion is of unpolished writing.