n.1.An effort made, or exertion of body or mind, for the performance of anything; a trial; attempt; as, to make an essay to benefit a friend.
2.(Lit.) A composition treating of any particular subject; - usually shorter and less methodical than a formal, finished treatise; as, an essay on the life and writings of Homer; an essay on fossils, or on commerce.
3.An assay. See Assay, n.
v. t.1.To exert one's power or faculties upon; to make an effort to perform; to attempt; to endeavor; to make experiment or trial of; to try.
[imp. & p. p. Essayed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Essaying.]
What marvel if I thus essay to sing?
- Byron.
A danger lest the young enthusiast . . . should essay the impossible.
- J. C. Shairp.
2.To test the value and purity of (metals); to assay. See Assay.
Noun1.essay - an analytic or interpretive literary composition
2.essay - a tentative attempt
Verb1.essay - make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
Synonyms: attempt, try, assay, seek
2.essay - put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"
Synonyms: test, try out, try, examine, prove
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