from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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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  • Neurath gives attention to the topic of "corroborating and supporting hypotheses" (25 ff.) -- what he refers to as "assaying" the statement (19).

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  • To mining men the word "assaying" conveys a sufficiently clear meaning, but it is difficult to define.

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

  • An unnamed Dutch auditor assaying Rembrandt's possessions during the painter's later bankruptcy notated one of these panels as "Head of Christ, From Life," and the curators use this note as an evocative departure point for the exhibit.

    How Rembrandt Reinvented Jesus

  • "The bullion market in Mumbai gets about 50 such samples for fire assaying every day," says Harmesh Arora, 53, vice president of the Bombay Bullion Association for the past 20 years.

    The Touchstone Principle

  • Arora's company, National Indian Bullion Refinery, is also one of the most respected names in the gold assaying business.

    The Touchstone Principle

  • The business of gold assaying in India has been growing at 40-50% in value terms for the last two to three years.

    The Touchstone Principle

  • And that is the reason why many gold dealers go in for ‘sample testing 'using the only reliable method, fire assaying -- trial by fire.

    The Touchstone Principle

  • Since a young girl she had been used to spending her own, and now, thanks to Mercedes she was doing it again, and, out of her profits, assaying more expensive and delightful adventures in lingerie.


  • Rules allow only tiny quantities of gold to be taken from its premises (for assaying); as a result, any attempt to remove meaningful amounts is easily identified as illegal.

    Impossibility of nuclear security

  • Quickly assaying the situation, Frank Martin presents himself as Franklin Pynge Salter, which is a play on his old con man nickname of "Frankie Pinch O' Salt" because you had to take a grain of salt with everything he'd tell you.



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