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- v. Present participle of assay.
- n. A trial by assay.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of testing, esp. of analyzing or examining metals and ores, to determine the proportion of pure metal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or art of testing metals, ores, or alloys in order to ascertain the quantity of gold or silver or any other metal present in them.
- n. In chem., this term is usually applied to the ascertainment of the presence and amount of one or more metals in a given substance, and commonly refers to the precious metals, gold and silver. But it is sometimes used in the more general sense, the testing or examination of any substance, as, for example, the determination of the proportion of pure sulphur in a sample of the crude material.
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