Definition of Assay

1. Noun. An appraisal of the state of affairs. "A check on its dependability under stress"

Exact synonyms: Check
Generic synonyms: Appraisal, Assessment
Specialized synonyms: Countercheck, Double Check, Apgar Score, Paternity Test, Stress Test
Derivative terms: Check

2. Verb. Analyze (chemical substances).
Generic synonyms: Analyse, Analyze, Canvas, Canvass, Examine, Study
Specialized synonyms: Bioassay
Derivative terms: Assayer

3. Noun. A substance that is undergoing an analysis of its components.
Generic synonyms: Substance

4. Verb. Make an effort or attempt. "They assay to move "; "She always seeks to do good in the world"

5. Noun. A written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance.
Generic synonyms: Report, Study, Written Report

6. Noun. 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..

Definition of Assay

1. n. Trial; attempt; essay.

2. v. t. To try; to attempt; to apply.

3. v. i. To attempt, try, or endeavor.

Definition of Assay

1. Noun. trial, attempt, essay. ¹

2. Noun. the qualitative or quantitative chemical analysis of something ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To attempt (something). (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

4. Verb. (obsolete intransitive) To try, attempt ((term to) do something). (defdate 14th-19th c.) ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To analyze or estimate the composition or value of (a metal, ore etc.). (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

6. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To test the abilities of (someone) in combat; to fight. (defdate 15th-17th c.) ¹

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Definition of Assay

1. to attempt [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: attempt

Medical Definition of Assay

1. The determination of the amount of a particular constituent of a mixture or of the biological or pharmacological potency of a drug. (10 May 1997)

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Literary usage of Assay

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1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1894)
"IT is generally considered that the fire assay for silver is remarka- 1 bly ... Ricketts says, page 79, "The assay for gold and silver, if conducted ..."

2. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1922)
"Error may be introduced in the assay for silver through lack of care in cleaning particles of bone ash from the bead. The bottom of the bead held firmly by ..."

3. The Metallurgy of Gold by Thomas Kirke Rose (1898)
"In weighing the materials for a crucible charge the use of a set of assay-ton weights saves much labour in calculation. The assay-ton is a weight which ..."

4. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1908)
"If they do not, the assay should be again repeated, and so on until good checks are ... The gold in fine bullion is always determined by fire-assay. ..."

5. A System of Instruction in Quantitative Chemical Analysis by C. Remigius Fresenius, Samuel William Johnson (1876)
"When the assay contains more than 1 per cent, of silver, the loss by volatilization must be taken into the account. This is done by the method of assaying ..."

6. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1870)
"The small weighed assay-pieces may be kept in order between the weighings ... The assay-piece of gold thus weighed out is to be at once wrapped up in a bit ..."

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