But nothing they essayed could fully drown out the keening of their lust to return to high office.
He changed to the tune of a minuet, then essayed at a melody more sweet and haunting than them all, but broken ere its finish.
She essayed to introduce Gracie; not one of them attempted a bow.
Straightway the fellow in the bow opened conversation, trying several tongues, till finally he essayed the Arabic.
The chair was placed, and Miss Lucindy essayed to climb, but vainly.
Tommy essayed to make a dive, but did not get in deep enough to fully cover her back.
So they went bobbing about in a tub, and we, with a like paucity of equipment, essayed to follow them.
Then the man in the stalls stood up, and essayed to speak; but his voice was drowned in a perfect tornado of applause.
There was a man with tongue of wood Who essayed to sing, And in truth it was lamentable.
The first time that Jarvis essayed the feat he burned his eyebrows off by getting too close to the door and facing it full.
1590s, "short non-fiction literary composition" (first attested in writings of Francis Bacon, probably in imitation of Montaigne), from Middle French essai "trial, attempt, essay," from Late Latin exagium "a weighing, weight," from Latin exigere "test," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + agere (see act) apparently meaning here "to weigh." The suggestion is of unpolished writing.