assay (n.)
test, trial, measure
MM III.i.164[disguised Duke aside to Claudio, of Angelo and Isabella] he hath made an assay of her virtue
Oth I.iii.18[First Senator to Duke, of the Turkish attack] This cannot be, / By no assay of reason
Tim IV.iii.405[Third Bandit to others, of Timon] Let us make the assay upon him
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