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Definition analysis or the results of an analysis — especially to determine the quantity of an ore (such as gold)  in rock or of a chemical substance such as a protein in a tumor
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • CHRISTIAN (same play): Ah, Madame, I assayed, but all in vain This.... new-born babe is a young....
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Even assays for adrenal hormones and things like partial thromboplastin times.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • GERTRUDE: Did you assay him to any pastime?
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • 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
  • "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
  • The terrible father assayed then to steam the boys to death in an overheated sweatlodge.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Tom, I'm going to make a guess and then I'm going to get an assay.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • But, cousin, what if we assay'd to steal The clownish fool out of your father's court?
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • 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
  • Okay, two more blood samples and the glucose assay will be done.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • 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
  • Assay the power you have.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • This cannot be, By no assay of reason: 'tis a pageant To keep us in false gaze.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • I was too tired to assay it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance

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