Adjective "essayed" definition and examples

(Essayed may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈɛseɪ/essayVerb/ɛˈseɪ/

Definitions and examples

noun

A short piece of writing on a particular subject.
  1. 'Many of the essays are just too short to really get into the subject.'
  2. 'Quentin Williams makes this point in a perceptive essay on painting and photography.'
  3. 'In addition, he has published several books of essays, poems and photographs.'
  4. 'Each section centers around a theme and is introduced with a short essay by one of the editors.'
  5. 'He's since written many novels, and essays, and short stories.'
  6. 'In writing essays, I only follow one rule, which is that all the information is independently verifiable.'
  7. 'I think I did a reasonable science essay on house design.'
  8. 'I won an award for a poem, and consistently scored really well for essays, short stories and other English stuff in high school.'
  9. 'He has published essays, reviews and short stories in a number of journals and anthologies and is currently at work on a novel.'
  10. 'This juxtaposition is a characteristic feature of George Eliot's essays and reviews.'
An attempt or effort.
  1. 'Tourism at its best is an attempt, an essay, and not all essays are trivial.'
  2. 'The Prince Consort essay shown here can be regarded as the forerunner of later Victorian stamps.'

verb

Attempt or try.
  1. 'The chief minister's younger son, Karan Pratap Singh, deftly essayed by Rohit Roy, is both feared and adored by his mother who sees him as both a liability and as her political heir.'
  2. 'Nevin scampered for space and from 30 metres essayed a left-footed shot over the bar.'
  3. 'For any sportsperson, the point of contact in essaying a stroke is the moment of joy.'
  4. 'Born in December 1924, Ezekiel essayed many roles with energy and grace: poet, editor, art critic, playwright, teacher, and literary organiser.'
  5. 'Rajkumar essayed the role of many a mythological character as well as historical figures.'
  6. 'The Socialist Party alone seems to be essaying a relatively sophisticated campaign, and taking the trouble to tell voters who its candidates are.'
  7. 'Some months ago, the Government essayed a crackdown on youths staying late at internet cafes.'
  8. 'Subsequently, Beckham essayed a long, high shot but this one, in contrast to the one that made it into the net, was comfortably caught by Jones.'

More definitions

1. a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretative.

2. anything resembling such a composition: a picture essay.

3. an effort to perform or accomplish something; attempt.

4. Philately. a design for a proposed stamp differing in any way from the design of the stamp as issued.

5. Obsolete. a tentative effort; trial; assay. verb (used with object)

6. to try; attempt.

7. to put to the test; make

More examples(as adjective)

"fields can be essayed."

Origin

(essay)Late 15th century (as a verb in the sense ‘test the quality of’): alteration of assay, by association with Old French essayer, based on late Latin exagium ‘weighing’, from the base of exigere ‘ascertain, weigh’; the noun (late 16th century) is from Old French essai ‘trial’.