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Noun: assay  'a,sey
  1. An appraisal of the state of affairs
    "they made an assay of the contents";
    - check
     
  2. A substance that is undergoing an analysis of its components
     
  3. A written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance
     
  4. 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.
Verb: assay  'a,sey
  1. Analyse (chemical substances)
     
  2. Make an effort to accomplish something
    "He assayed to shake off his fears";
    - try, seek, attempt, essay

Derived forms: assays, assayed, assaying

Type of: act, analyse [Brit, Cdn], analyze [N. Amer], appraisal, assessment, canvas, canvass, examine, move, report, run, study, substance, test, trial, written report

Encyclopedia: Assay, Indre-et-Loire