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essay
Part of Speech: noun
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2. An assay. See Assay, n.
4. To test the value and purity of ( metals); to assay. See Assay.
5. A composition treating of any particular subject; - usually shorter and less methodical than a formal, finished treatise; as, an essay on the life and writings of Homer; an essay on fossils, or on commerce.
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