verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of assay
Related Words for assayersinspector, auditor, investigator, appraiser, questioner, proctor, researcher, inquisitor, inquirer, reviewer, interrogator, analyst, quizzer, quizmaster, scrutinizer, checker, prober
Examples from the Web for assayers
Historical Examples of assayers
They are the same as those used by assayers in their ordinary furnaces.
Every assayers pennyweight was nominally divided into 24 gr., and hence gave 288 fine grains, or reports, for silver.
You see we assayers have to take the word of the miners as to where the ore comes from.Dick Hamilton's Fortune
Howard R. Garis
Not only potters, but also the assayers themselves, make scorifiers and triangular crucibles.
In this place I ought not to omit mention of another method of assaying employed by some assayers.
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.