verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of assay
Related Words for assayerinspector, auditor, investigator, appraiser, questioner, proctor, researcher, inquisitor, inquirer, reviewer, interrogator, analyst, quizzer, quizmaster, scrutinizer, checker, prober
Examples from the Web for assayer
Historical Examples of assayer
Wouldn't it be wiser to tell the assayer and get him to help?
The assayer will be wanting his horses to-day and it's too far to walk.
One of these days we shall have to appoint an assayer of consciences at the Mint.Napoleon the Little
Sandy introduced Sam as his partner, Westlake as a mining engineer and assayer.
Guffaws suddenly rose from the little crowd by the assayer's sign.
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.