verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of assay
Related Words for assayevaluation, inspection, valuation, assessment, trial, investigation, survey, measurement, test, examination, estimation, appraisal, rating, assess, see, measure, check, size, rate, prove
Examples from the Web for assay
Contemporary Examples of assay
But the next afternoon, and perhaps the next, we would return to the same cruxes, and often assay the same options.Remembering Dmitri Nabokov, the Novelist’s Son and Literary Executor
May 10, 2012
Historical Examples of assay
That which would remain in the cupel if one should assay a phantom.The Devil's Dictionary
If we liken them to gold, she has made her assay and says the gold is pure.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
All the places I had to search for her were the stable and the assay office.
I've seen him like this before—the night he shot our own men in the assay office.
So one of them brought him the "specimen" and left it for assay.Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches
noun (əˈseɪ, ˈæseɪ)
- an analysis, esp a determination of the amount of metal in an ore or the amounts of impurities in a precious metal
- (as modifier)an assay office
Word Origin for assay
c.1300, "to try, endeavor, strive; test the quality of," from Anglo-French assaier, from assai (n.), from Old French essai "trial" (see essay).
"trial, test of quality, test of character," mid-14c., from Anglo-French assai (see assay (v.)). Meaning "analysis" is from late 14c.