Assay

Definition of Assay

As`say´
n.1.Trial; attempt; essay.
I am withal persuaded that it may prove much more easy in the assay than it now seems at distance.
- Milton.
2.Examination and determination; test; as, an assay of bread or wine.
This can not be, by no assay of reason.
- Shak.
3.Trial by danger or by affliction; adventure; risk; hardship; state of being tried.
Through many hard assays which did betide.
- Spenser.
4.Tested purity or value.
With gold and pearl of rich assay.
- Spenser.
5.(Metallurgy) The act or process of ascertaining the proportion of a particular metal in an ore or alloy; especially, the determination of the proportion of gold or silver in bullion or coin.
6.The alloy or metal to be assayed.
Assay master
an officer who assays or tests gold or silver coin or bullion.
Assay ton
a weight of 29,1662/3 grams.
v. t.1.To try; to attempt; to apply.
[imp. & p. p. Assayed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Assaying.]
To-night let us assay our plot.
- Shak.
Soft words to his fierce passion she assayed.
- Milton.
2.To affect.
When the heart is ill assayed.
- Spenser.
3.To try tasting, as food or drink.
4.To subject, as an ore, alloy, or other metallic compound, to chemical or metallurgical examination, in order to determine the amount of a particular metal contained in it, or to ascertain its composition.
v. i.1.To attempt, try, or endeavor.
She thrice assayed to speak.
- Dryden.

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