|lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness.|
|to regard or treat with reverence|
|1.||to subject (a substance, such as silver or gold) to chemical analysis, as in the determination of the amount of impurity|
|2.||(tr) to attempt (something or to do something)|
|3.||(tr; may take a clause as object) to test, analyse, or evaluate: to assay the significance of early childhood experience|
|4.||a. an analysis, esp a determination of the amount of metal in an ore or the amounts of impurities in a precious metal|
|b. (as modifier): an assay office|
|5.||a substance undergoing an analysis|
|6.||a written report on the results of an analysis|
|8.||archaic an attempt|
|[C14: from Old Northern French assai; see |
assay as·say (ās'ā', ā-sā')
Qualitative or quantitative analysis of a substance, especially of an ore or a drug, to determine its components.
A substance to be so analyzed.
The result of such an analysis.
An analysis or examination.
|assay (ās'ā, ə-sā') Pronunciation Key