assay (n.) Old form(s): assaies
effort, attempt
Ham III.iii.69[Claudius alone] Make assay. / Bow, stubborn knees
Luc.1720[of Lucrece] after many accents and delays, / Untimely breathings, sick and short assays
Mac IV.iii.143[Doctor to Malcolm, of the sick people] Their malady convinces / The great assay of art
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