DIMENSIONS: EVALUATION / Perspective
R E F E R E N C E S
Assay v.t. 1. to try or test; put to trial: to assay one's strength. 2. Metall. to analyze [an ore, alloy, etc.] in order to determine the quantity of gold, silver, or other metal in it. 3. Pharm. to subject [a drug] to an analysis for the determination of its potency. 4. to examine or analyze [a situation, event, etc.]; assess; evaluate. 5. To attempt; endeavor; try. -v.i. 6. U.S. to contain, as shown by analysis, a certain proportin of usually precious metal. -n. 7. Metall. determination of the amount of metal, esp. gold or silver, in an ore, alloy, etc. 8. a substance undergoing analysis or trial. 9. a detailed report of the findings in assaying a substance. 10. Obs. examination or trial; attempt; essay. [ME < MF; var. of Essay]
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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