Adjective "assay" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The testing of a metal or ore to determine its ingredients and quality.
  1. 'each assay was performed in duplicate'
  2. 'Cell adhesion assays were performed essentially as described.'
  3. 'The researchers say that this enables the coded particles to perform thousands of biochemical assays in a small beaker or a Petri dish.'
  4. 'Given that these results were taken from serum assays, it is possible that significant local increases were reflected in only small changes in the serum.'
  5. 'Clonal assays were performed as described previously with the following minor modifications.'
  6. 'Establishing assays to measure these variables is critical for the development of effective PDT protocols.'
  7. 'Plasma ascorbate concentrations were measured using enzymatic colorimetric assays.'
  8. 'In contrast, electron transfer assays tell a different story.'
  9. 'None of the antigenic assays can measure the functional activity of the protein.'
  10. 'All cholesterol assays measure the total cell cholesterol, so it is not possible to distinguish between plasma membrane cholesterol and intracellular cholesterol.'
  11. 'Clotting assays measure only the fibrinogen that is able to functionally participate in clot formation.'


Determine the content or quality of (a metal or ore)
  1. 'The bank is to set up a separate unit, SBI Gold and Precious Metals, to assay the gold and jewellery brought in as deposits.'
  2. 'Captain Lewis now planned to build a furnace for the purpose of assaying the ore.'
  3. 'cell contents were assayed for enzyme activity'
  4. 'Solubilized samples were assayed for total protein content using the EZQ Protein Quantitation Kit (Molecular Probes, Eugene, OR).'
  5. 'The cells were cloned and assayed for cytokine activity.'
  6. 'stepping inside, I quickly assayed the clientele'
  7. 'On those rare occasions when he assays an argument, it's indisputable that nothing will ever rescue him from mediocrity.'
  8. 'He applies one of the best known tests for assaying the rightness or wrongness of acts called the golden rule, expressing this as, ‘would I submit my own children for this immunisation if they were currently at that age?’'
  9. 'After lunch we assayed the Chateau itself and managed to complete tours of both the State and Private Apartments which were only slightly distinguishable in terms of their magnificence.'
  10. '‘My training in music helped me a lot in assaying the role’, he remarks.'
  1. 'Point made, he assays a few kicks in the air and brings it home: ‘Turn it up now!’'

More definitions

1. to examine or analyze: to assay a situation; to assay an event.

2. Metallurgy. to analyze (an ore, alloy, etc.) in order to determine the quantity of gold, silver, or other metal in it.

3. Pharmacology. to subject (a drug) to an analysis for the determination of its potency or composition.

4. to judge the quality of; assess; evaluate: to assay someone's efforts.

5. to try or test; put to trial: to assay one's strength; to assay one's debating abilities.

More examples(as adjective)

"zones can be assay in excesses."

"zones can be assay."


Middle English (in the general sense ‘testing, or a test of, the merit of someone or something’): from Old French assai (noun), assaier (verb), variant of essai ‘trial’, essayer ‘to try’ (see essay).