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ESSA'Y, v.t. [L. sequor. See Seek. The radical sense is to press, drive, urge, strain, strive.]

1. To try; to attempt; to endeavor; to exert one's power or faculties, or to make an effort to perform any thing.

While I this unexampled task essay.

2. To make experiment of.

3. To try the value and purity of metals. In this application, the word is now more generally written assay, which see.



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ESSA'Y, v.t. [L. sequor. See Seek. The radical sense is to press, drive, urge, strain, strive.]

1. To try; to attempt; to endeavor; to exert one's power or faculties, or to make an effort to perform any thing.

While I this unexampled task essay.

2. To make experiment of.

3. To try the value and purity of metals. In this application, the word is now more generally written assay, which see.

ES'SAY, n.

  1. A trial; attempt; endeavor; an effort made, or exertion of body or mind, for the performance of any thing. We say, to make an essay. Fruitless our hopes, though pious our essays. Smith.
  2. In literature, a composition intended to prove or illustrate a particular subject; usually shorter and less methodical and finished than a system; as, an essay on the life and writings of Homer; an essay on fossils; an essay on commerce.
  3. A trial or experiment; as, this is the first essay.
  4. Trial or experiment to prove the qualities of a metal. [In this sense, see Assay.]
  5. First taste of any thing. Dryden.

ES-SAY', v.t. [Fr. essayer; Norm. essoyer; Arm. æczaca; D. zoeken, to seek; bezoeken, verzoeken, to essay; G. suchen, to seek; versuchen, to essay; Dan. forsöger; Sw. försökia; Sp. ensayar; Port. ensaiar; It. saggiare, assaggiare. The primary word is seek, the same as L. sequor. See Seek. The radical sense is to press, drive, urge, strain, strive, Ch. אסק. Class Sg, No. 46.]

  1. To try; to attempt; to endeavor; to exert one's power or faculties, or to make an effort to perform any thing. While I this unexampled task essay. Blackmore.
  2. To make experiment of.
  3. To try the value and purity of metals. In this application, the word is now more generally written assay, – which see.

Es"say
  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.

    "The essay at organization." M. Arnold.
  2. 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.

    What marvel if I thus essay to sing? Byron.

    Essaying nothing she can not perform. Emerson.

    A danger lest the young enthusiast . . . should essay the impossible. J. C. Shairp.

  3. 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.
  4. To test the value and purity of (metals); to assay. See Assay.

    [Obs.] Locke.
  5. An assay. See Assay, n.

    [Obs.]

    Syn. -- Attempt; trial; endeavor; effort; tract; treatise; dissertation; disquisition.

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Essay

ESSA'Y, verb transitive [Latin sequor. See Seek. The radical sense is to press, drive, urge, strain, strive.]

1. To try; to attempt; to endeavor; to exert one's power or faculties, or to make an effort to perform any thing.

While I this unexampled task essay

2. To make experiment of.

3. To try the value and purity of metals. In this application, the word is now more generally written assay, which see.

ES'SAY, noun A trial; attempt; endeavor; an effort made, or exertion of body or mind, for the performance of any thing. We say, to make an essay

Fruitless our hopes, though pious our essays.

1. In literature, a composition intended to prove or illustrate a particular subject; usually shorter and less methodical and finished than a system; as an essay on the life and writings of Homer; an essay on fossils; an essay on commerce.

2. A trial or experiment; as, this is the first essay

3. Trial or experiment to prove the qualities of a metal.

[In this sense, see Assay.]

4. First taste of any thing.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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