Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who assays, or performs chemical tests on metals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who assays. Specifically: One who examines metallic ores or compounds, for the purpose of determining the amount of any particular metal in the same, especially of gold or silver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who tries, tests, or attempts.
  • n. One who assays metals; one who examines metallic ores or alloys for the purpose of determining the quantity of any particular metal, particularly of gold or silver, present in them. Specifically
  • n. An officer of the mint, whose duty is to test bullion and coin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an analyst who assays (performs chemical tests on) metals

Etymologies

to assay + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is assumed that the dry ore of the sampler and of the assayer are the same thing; according to the nature of the ore, this may or may not be the case.

    A Text-book of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.

  • [Footnote: The simple Sayer is also for "assayer," either of metals or of meat and drink -- "essayeur, an essayer; one that tasts, or takes an essay; and particularly, an officer in the mint, who touches every kind of new Coyne before it be delivered out" (Cotgrave).

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  • When the coins were inspected, the initials of the assayer and the mint mark were immediate identifiers.

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  • Their instructions were to give the money to the assayer, who was expected, by prearrangement, to double the amount of ore recorded from that load.

    Yellow Dirt

  • Now not a single assayer on the planet is available, as all are tied up.

    Zinc Dimes, Tungsten Gold & Lost Respect

  • On the reverse, the arms of Castille and Leon are displayed under the Spanish crown with the denomination 8″ to the right, assayer initials to the left.

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  • Not as usual, however, is that many of them are solved not by the current Mr. Monk but by a man who lived in Trouble during the gold rush days, an assayer named Artemis Monk, who has all the same quirks as the present-day Monk, including the ability to solve crimes.

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  • Frank's qualifications were ideal for his prospective employer, and he was offered a position as an assayer in the Mexican mining town of Guanajuato.

    Murder in Mexico: an English family during the Revolution

  • Perhaps the most influential American poet of the 20th Century, Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho, but moved at an early age to Philadelphia, where his father worked as the assistant assayer for the U.S. Mint.

    Ezra Pound

  • German assayer, assures me that these rocks are of the very same kind as those which yield the silver in Peru.

    Westward Ho!

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