She wrote incessantly, on all things, essaying every style, every subject.
"Time's up, sir," shouted the guard, essaying to close the door.
It was Napoleon, the immense somnambulist of this dream which had crumbled, essaying once more to advance.
“But first have bite and sup,” cried Master Peasegood, essaying to rise.
The leader of the orchestra was essaying upon his violin the tentative strains of a popular air.
Almost any modern, essaying a philosophic tale, would make it long.
Last even was he essaying to win me for to wed him (as he hath done afore) without Father and Mother knowing.
He had had no idea, when he first planned his work, what a tremendous task he was essaying.
It would be very funny—if it were not so deep a tragedy—the havoc bungling human fingers make in essaying the work of Providence.
Philip almost suspected that he was essaying a burlesque role.
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.