What does Assay mean?

Definitions for Assayæˈseɪ; ˈæs eɪ, æˈseɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. assay, check(noun)

    an appraisal of the state of affairs

    "they made an assay of the contents"; "a check on its dependability under stress"

  2. assay(noun)

    a substance that is undergoing an analysis of its components

  3. assay(noun)

    a written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance

  4. assay(verb)

    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.

  5. assay(verb)

    analyze (chemical substances)

  6. try, seek, attempt, essay, assay(verb)

    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"


  1. assay(Noun)

    trial, attempt, essay.

  2. assay(Noun)

    the qualitative or quantitative chemical analysis of something

  3. assay(Verb)

    To attempt (something).

  4. assay(Verb)

    To try, attempt (to do something).

  5. assay(Verb)

    To analyze or estimate the composition or value of (a metal, ore etc.).

  6. assay(Verb)

    To test the abilities of (someone) in combat; to fight.

  7. Origin: From assaier, from assai, from essai.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Assay(noun)

    trial; attempt; essay

  2. Assay(noun)

    examination and determination; test; as, an assay of bread or wine

  3. Assay(noun)

    trial by danger or by affliction; adventure; risk; hardship; state of being tried

  4. Assay(noun)

    tested purity or value

  5. Assay(noun)

    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. Assay(noun)

    the alloy or metal to be assayed

  7. Assay

    to try; to attempt; to apply

  8. Assay

    to affect

  9. Assay

    to try tasting, as food or drink

  10. Assay

    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

  11. Assay(verb)

    to attempt, try, or endeavor

  12. Origin: [OF. asaier, essaier, F. essayer, fr. essai. See Assay, n., Essay, v.]


  1. Assay

    An assay is an investigative procedure in laboratory medicine, pharmacology, environmental biology, and molecular biology for qualitatively assessing or quantitatively measuring the presence or amount or the functional activity of a target entity, which can be a drug or biochemical substance or a cell in an organism or organic sample. The measured entity is generally called the analyte, or the measurand or the target of the assay. The assay usually aims to measure an intensive property of the analyte and express it in the relevant measurement unit. If the assay involves addition of exogenous reactants, their quantities are kept fixed so that the quantity of the target is the only limiting factor for the reaction/assay process, and the difference in the assay outcome is used to deduce the unknown quality or quantity of the target in question. Some assays may be similar to or have overlap with chemical analysis and titration. But generally, assays involve biological material or phenomena which tend to be intrinsically more complex either in composition or in behavior or both. Thus reading of an assay may be quite noisy and may involve greater difficulties in interpretation than an accurate chemical titration. On the other hand, older generation qualitative assays, especially bioassays, may be much more gross and less quantitative.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Assay

    as-sā′, v.t. to determine the proportions of a metal in an ore or alloy: endeavour (more usually Essay): (Spens.) to affect or move: (Shak.) to put one to the proof, as to accost with a particular purpose, to measure swords with another, &c.: (poet.) put to proof, examine by trial.—v.i. to attempt.—n. the determination of the quantity of metal in an ore or alloy: the trial of anything, as in the ancient custom of tasting the drink before handing it to a king or noble: an attempt or endeavour: probation or trial: (Spens.) ascertained purity.—ns. Assay′er, one who assays, esp. metals; Assay′ing, the process of assaying or determining the proportion of pure metal in an ore or alloy; Assay′-mas′ter, the officer who determines the amount of gold or silver in coin or bullion. [O. Fr. assayer, n. assai. See Essay.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Assay in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Assay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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Translations for Assay

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • проба, анализ, опит, изпитвам, правя анализBulgarian
  • zkouška, analýza, analyzovat, pokusCzech
  • AssayGerman
  • αναλύωGreek
  • aquilatar, ensayo, ensayarSpanish
  • روشPersian
  • yritys, analysoida, analyysiFinnish
  • analyserFrench
  • measúnú, measúnacht, measúnaighIrish
  • prova, tentativo, saggio, analisi, saggiaturaItalian
  • проба, пытаться, опыт, испытание, определять, анализRussian

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