verb (used with object)
Origin of essay
Related Words for essayingdissertation, treatise, manuscript, study, paper, thesis, article, piece, discussion, explication, theme, exposition, disquisition, tract, composition, exertion, shot, toil, undertaking, effort
Examples from the Web for essaying
Historical Examples of essaying
Terrible was their strength and swiftness; and they were essaying to scale heaven and attack the gods.Symposium
For Miss Upton's escort had jumped out and she was essaying to leave the car.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
"Time's up, sir," shouted the guard, essaying to close the door.
Essaying a diversion, he addressed the girl in rapid Spanish.Dust of the Desert
Robert Welles Ritchie
The priest, essaying his unctuous voice, tried to set things right.Dust of New York
noun (ˈɛseɪ, for senses 2, 3 also ɛˈseɪ)
verb (ɛˈseɪ) (tr)
Word Origin for essay
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.