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As`say´
n.1.Trial; attempt; essay.
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.
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.
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.
Noun1.assay - an appraisal of the state of affairs; "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress"
Synonyms: check
2.assay - a substance that is undergoing an analysis of its components
3.assay - a written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance
4.assay - a quantitative or qualitative test of a substance (especially an ore or a drug) to determine its components; frequently used to test for the presence or concentration of infectious agents or antibodies etc.
Verb1.assay - analyze (chemical substances)
2.assay - 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, essay, try, seek

ASSAY. A chemical examination of metals, by which the quantity of valuable or precious metal contained in any mineral or metallic mixture is ascertained. 2. By the acts of Congress of March 3, 1823, 3 Story's L. U. S. 1924; of June 25, 1834, 4 Shars. cont. Story's L. U. S. 2373; and of June 28, 1834, Id. 2377, it is made the duty of the secretary of the treasury to cause assays to be made at the mint of the United States, of certain coins made current by the said acts, and to make report of the result thereof to congress.

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