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Definition 1: a quantitative or qualitative test of a substance (especially an ore or a drug) to determine its components; frequently used to test for the presence or concentration of infectious agents or antibodies etc. - [noun denoting act]

(assay is a kind of ...) the act of testing something

"in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately" "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"

(... is a kind of assay ) an assay that relies on an enzymatic conversion reaction and is used to detect the presence of specific substances (such as enzymes or viruses or antibodies or bacteria)

(... is a kind of assay ) an assay that shows specific antigens in tissues by the use of markers that are either fluorescent dyes or enzymes (such as horseradish peroxidase)

(... is a kind of assay ) an assay conducted for diagnostic purposes

(... is a kind of assay ) appraisal of the biological activity of a substance by testing its effect on an organism and comparing the result with some agreed standard

Definition 2: an appraisal of the state of affairs - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where assay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they made an assay of the contents
  • a check on its dependability under stress

Synonyms for assay in the sense of this definition

(assay is a kind of ...) the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth

(... is a kind of assay ) something that checks the correctness of a previous check

(... is a kind of assay ) an assessment of the physical condition of a newborn infant; involves heart rate and muscle tone and respiratory effort and color and reflex responsiveness

(... is a kind of assay ) a test based on blood groups to determine whether a particular man could be the biological father of a particular child; negative results prove he was not the father but positive results show only that he could be

(... is a kind of assay ) a test measuring how a system functions when subjected to controlled amounts of stress

Definition 3: a written report of the results of an analysis of the composition of some substance - [noun denoting communication]

(assay is a kind of ...) a written document describing the findings of some individual or group

"this accords with the recent study by Hill and Dale"

Definition 4: a substance that is undergoing an analysis of its components - [noun denoting substance]

(assay is a kind of ...) a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties

"shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"

Definition 5: analyze (chemical substances) - [verb of cognition]

(assay is a kind of ...) consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

"analyze a sonnet by Shakespeare" "analyze the evidence in a criminal trial" "analyze your real motives"

(... is a kind of assay ) subject to a bio-assay

Samples where assay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He tried to shake off his fears
  • The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps
  • The police attempted to stop the thief
  • He sought to improve himself
  • She always seeks to do good in the world

Synonyms for assay in the sense of this definition

(assay is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of assay ) be dared to do something and attempt it

(... is a kind of assay ) make a strenuous or labored effort

"She struggled for years to survive without welfare" "He fought for breath"

(... is a kind of assay ) make an attempt at something

"I never sat on a horse before but I'll give it a go"

(... is a kind of assay ) search blindly or uncertainly

"His mind groped to make the connection"

(... is a kind of assay ) attempt by employing effort

"we endeavor to make our customers happy"

(... is a kind of assay ) try

"let's give it a whirl!"

(... is a kind of assay ) take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

"When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

(... is a kind of assay ) expose to a chance of loss or damage

"We risked losing a lot of money in this venture" "Why risk your life?" "She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong"

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