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  • they made an assay of the contents
  • The fire assay technique for assaying gold has an accuracy of 2-3 parts per ten thousand (0.02%).
  • It is a technique for measuring the functional capacity of tumor stem cells by assaying their activity.
  • ...inasmuch as most people are not able to tell false gold from the genuine article, the government compels jewelers to have their gold work assayed and stamped officially according to its fineness...
    Mark Twain  --  The Innocents Abroad

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  • He had a wife and young child back in Japan, whose attractive portraits on his desk had been steady witness to scores of bloody procedures and assays and mortal extinguishments, and I thought surely that any other man would have long retired them to the confines of a drawer or private cabinet.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • This cannot be, By no assay of reason: ’tis a pageant To keep us in false gaze.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • CHRISTIAN (same play): Ah, Madame, I assayed, but all in vain This…. new-born babe is a young….
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Ay, sir: there are a crew of wretched souls That stay his cure: their malady convinces The great assay of art; but, at his touch, Such sanctity hath heaven given his hand, They presently amend.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Tom, I’m going to make a guess and then I’m going to get an assay.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Okay, two more blood samples and the glucose assay will be done.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment

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  • And when they saw the scripture some assayed, such as would have been king.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Even assays for adrenal hormones and things like partial thromboplastin times.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • And when they saw the scripture some assayed, such as would have been king.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • But then a tall man stepped down from the train caboose platform like a captain assaying the tidal weathers of this inland sea.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • "I will assay, then," said the knight, "a ballad composed by a Saxon glee-man, whom I knew in Holy Land."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • GERTRUDE: Did you assay him to any pastime?
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Or how without sign assured, can I blame Him who saved our State when the winged songstress came, Tested and tried in the light of us all, like gold assayed?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • The terrible father assayed then to steam the boys to death in an overheated sweatlodge.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Neither: he took this place for sanctuary, And it shall privilege him from your hands Till I have brought him to his wits again, Or lose my labour in assaying it.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • — See you now; Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth: And thus do we of wisdom and of reach, With windlaces, and with assays of bias, By indirections find directions out: So, by my former lecture and advice, Shall you my son.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • "Now—the first man in the parish that I hear prophesying bad of our mistress, why" (here the fist was raised and let fall as Thor might have done with his hammer in assaying it)—"he’ll smell and taste that—or I’m a Dutchman."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • — Whom thus afflicted when sad Eve beheld, Desolate where she sat, approaching nigh, Soft words to his fierce passion she assayed: But her with stern regard he thus repelled.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Many other weapons did she assay; but the god of eating (if there be any such deity, for I do not confidently assert it) preserved his votary; or perhaps it may not be dignus vindice nodus, and the present security of Jones may be accounted for by natural means; for as love frequently preserves from the attacks of hunger, so may hunger possibly, in some cases, defend us against love.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • But the world is complicated, and whenever we see a silver bullet we try to conduct an assay test.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • I was too tired to assay it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Have ye assayed them both? said Sir Dinadan.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • He waited for night, and after the brightness of the fires had somewhat lessened he assayed to creep out of the brake.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • He assayed the stairs, lapsing below him into darkness, and grasping one by one each slender upright to the banister, went down.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • I have two boys Seek Percy and thyself about the field: But, seeing thou fall’st on me so luckily, I will assay thee; so, defend thyself.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • 4:1 Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said, 4:2 If we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?
    The Bible  --  Job
  • What an unweighed behaviour hath this Flemish drunkard picked, with the devil’s name! out of my conversation, that he dares in this manner assay me?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Why, then, to-night Let us assay our plot; which, if it speed, Is wicked meaning in a lawful deed, And lawful meaning in a lawful act; Where both not sin, and yet a sinful fact: But let’s about it.
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • But, cousin, what if we assay’d to steal The clownish fool out of your father’s court?
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Betwixt the rising altars, and around, The sacred monster shot along the ground; With harmless play amidst the bowls he pass’d, And with his lolling tongue assay’d the taste: Thus fed with holy food, the wondrous guest Within the hollow tomb retir’d to rest.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • The Assayer …. The Starry Messenger …. The Sunspot Letters …. Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina …. Apologia pro Galileo …. On and on.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But all must be assayed hot or cold; A man must be a fool, or young or old; I wot it by myself *full yore agone*: *long years ago* For in my time a servant was I one.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Assay the power you have.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • But may some other gallant fellow say, O, there be divers that make profession to have as good, and as experimented receipts as yours: indeed, very many have assayed, like apes, in imitation of that, which is really and essentially in me, to make of this oil; bestowed great cost in furnaces, stills, alembecks, continual fires, and preparation of the ingredients, (as indeed there goes to it six hundred several simples, besides some quantity of human fat, for the conglutination, which we…
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • So it was ordained, and then there was made a cry, that every man should assay that would, for to win the sword.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • As for that, said Sir Dinadan, let us not spare, for I will assay the foremost; and therewith he made him ready.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • So it was ordained, and then there was made a cry, that every man should assay that would, for to win the sword.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • That is no mastery, said Arthur, and so he put it in the stone; wherewithal Sir Ector assayed to pull out the sword and failed.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Now assay, said Sir Ector unto Sir Kay.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • That is no mastery, said Arthur, and so he put it in the stone; wherewithal Sir Ector assayed to pull out the sword and failed.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Now assay, said Sir Ector unto Sir Kay.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • That I do, and we can prove it by assay.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Come on, assay—There’s one gone to the harbor?
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • Fair knight, said Palomides, meseemeth we have assayed either other passing sore, and if it may please thee, I require thee of thy knighthood tell me thy name.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • Now shall ye assay, said Sir Ector to Arthur.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Now shall ye assay, said Sir Ector to Arthur.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
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