To ASSA’Y. v.a. [essayer, Fr.]
1. To make trial of; to make experiment of.
Gray and Bryan obtained leave of the general a little to as–
say them; and so with some horsemen charged them home.
Sir J. Hayward.
What unweighed behaviour hath this drunkard picked out of
my conversation, that he dares in this manner assay me?
Shakesp. Merry Wives of Windsor.
2. To apply to, as the touchstone in assaying metals.
Whom thus afflicted, when sad Eve beheld,
Desolate where she sat, approaching nigh,
Soft words to his fierce passion she assay’d. Par. Lost, b. X.
3. To try; to endeavour.
David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to
go, for he had not proved it. I Sam. xvii. 39.
[He rigg’d ye gallies up & furnish’d ym for all assayes. Knolles.]