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essay at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

[e'seı]

essay at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1597, "short non-fiction literary composition" (first attested in writings of Francis Bacon, probably in imitation of Montaigne), from M.Fr. essai "trial, attempt, essay," from L.L. exagium "a weighing, weight," from L. exigere "test," from ex- "out" + agere apparently meaning here "to weigh." The suggestion is of unpolished writing. Essayist is from 1609. The more literal verb meaning "to put to proof, test the mettle of" is from 1483; this sense has mostly gone with the divergent spelling assay (q.v.). ///

essay at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

S2 n [C] [Date: 1400-1500; Language: Old French; Origin: essai, from Late Latin exagium 'act of weighing']//
1 a short piece of writing about a particular subject by a student as part of a course of study: essay on/about// --an essay on Bernard Shaw//
2 a short piece of writing giving someone's ideas about politics, society etc: essay on// --Rousseau's Essay on the Origin of Languages//
3 formal an attempt to do something:
essay 2 v [T] formal to attempt to do something//

essay at German => English Of Explained:

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essay at Norwegian => English Of Explained:

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essay at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Analytic, interpretative, or critical literary composition, usually dealing with its subject from a limited and often personal point of view. Flexible and versatile, the essay was perfected by M. Montaigne, who chose the name essai to emphasize that his compositions were "attempts" to express his thoughts and experiences. The essay has been the vehicle of literary and social criticism in some countries, while in others it became semipolitical, earnestly nationalistic, and often polemical, playful, or bitter.

essay at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

176 Moby Thesaurus words for "essay":
acid test, approach, article, assay, attempt, autograph, bid,
blank determination, brainchild, bring to test, brouillon,
causerie, chance, composition, computer printout, confirm, copy,
crack, criterion, crucial test, crucible, cut and try, descant,
determination, discourse, discussion, disquisition, dissertation,
docimasy, document, draft, edited version, effort, endeavor,
engage, engrossment, etude, examination, excursus, exertion,
experiment, explication, exposition, fair copy, feature,
feeling out, fiction, final draft, finished version,
first approach, first draft, flimsy, fling, gambit, give a try,
give a tryout, go, go about, hassle, have a go, holograph, homily,
introductory study, kiteflying, labor, letter, lick, lift a finger,
literae scriptae, literary artefact, literary production,
literature, lucubration, make an attempt, make an effort,
manuscript, matter, memoir, monograph, morceau, move, nonfiction,
note, offer, opus, ordeal, original, outline, pandect, paper,
paragraph, parchment, penscript, piece, piece of writing, play,
play around with, poem, practice upon, preliminary study,
printed matter, printout, probation, production, prolegomenon,
proof, prove, put to trial, reading matter, recension, research,
research paper, road-test, rough draft, rough sketch, run a sample,
sample, screed, scrip, script, scrive, scroll, second draft, seek,
shake down, shot, sketch, sounding out, special article, stab,
standard, step, strive, striving, stroke, strong bid, struggle,
study, substantiate, survey, tackle, taste, tentative, term paper,
test, test case, the written word, theme, thesis, toil, touchstone,
tract, tractate, transcript, transcription, travail, treatise,
treatment, trial, trial and error, try, try it on, try out,
typescript, undertake, undertaking, validate, venture, venture on,
venture upon, verification, verify, version, whack, work,
writing

essay at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Experiment): experiment, essay, attempt, analysis, investigation, screen, trial, tentative method, verification, proof, demonstration, diagnostic, test, probe, assay.

[V] (Experiment): experiment, endeavor, try, try out, assay, essay, attempt, make a trial of, put to the test, test drive, take for a spin, test fly, grope, feel one's way, grope for one's way, fumble.

[N] (Experiment): experiment, essay, attempt, analysis, investigation, screen, trial, tentative method, verification, proof, demonstration, diagnostic, test, probe, assay.

[V] (Experiment): experiment, endeavor, try, try out, assay, essay, attempt, make a trial of, put to the test, test drive, take for a spin, test fly, grope, feel one's way, grope for one's way, fumble.

[N] (Dissertation): dissertation, treatise, essay, thesis, theme, monograph, tract, memoir, disquisition, lecture, sermon, homily, commentary, review, critique, criticism, article, essay, study, explication de texte .

[N] (Dissertation): dissertation, treatise, essay, thesis, theme, monograph, tract, memoir, disquisition, lecture, sermon, homily, commentary, review, critique, criticism, article, essay, study, explication de texte .

[N] (Pursuit): pursuit, prosecution, undertaking, business, adventure, essay, quest, search, chase, hunt, race, hunting, venery, fishing.

[N] (Attempt): essay, trial, endeavor, attempt, aim, struggle, venture, adventure, experiment

[V] (Attempt): try, essay, experiment, endeavor, strive, attempt, venture, take one's chance, try one's luck, struggle, aim for, give something a try, take a crack at something.

[N] (Attempt): essay, trial, endeavor, attempt, aim, struggle, venture, adventure, experiment.

[V] (Attempt): try, essay, experiment, endeavor, strive, attempt, venture, take one's chance, try one's luck, struggle, aim for, give something a try, take a

essay at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb
noun
1 ~ (on sth) a short piece of writing by a student as part of a course of study:
an essay on the causes of the First World War
2 ~ (on sth) a short piece of writing on a particular subject, written in order to be published:
The book contains a number of interesting essays on women in society.
3 ~ (in sth) (formal) an attempt to do sth:
His first essay in politics was a complete disaster.
verb [VN] (literary) to try to do sth

essay at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb
noun
1 ~ (on sth) a short piece of writing by a student as part of a course of study:
an essay on the causes of the First World War
2 ~ (on sth) a short piece of writing on a particular subject, written in order to be published:
The book contains a number of interesting essays on women in society.
3 ~ (in sth) (formal) an attempt to do sth:
His first essay in politics was a complete disaster.
verb [VN] (literary) to try to do sth

Essay at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Essay \Es*say"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Essayed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Essaying}.] [F. essayer. See {Essay}, n.]
1. To exert one's power or faculties upon; to make an effort
to perform; to attempt; to endeavor; to make experiment or
trial of; to try.

What marvel if I thus essay to sing? --Byron.

Essaying nothing she can not perform. --Emerson.

A danger lest the young enthusiast . . . should
essay the impossible. --J. C.
Shairp.

2. To test the value and purity of (metals); to assay. See
{Assay}. [Obs.] --Locke.

Essay \Es"say\, n.; pl. {Essays}. [F. essai, fr. L. exagium a
weighing, weight, balance; ex out + agere to drive, do; cf.
examen, exagmen, a means of weighing, a weighing, the tongue
of a balance, exigere to drive out, examine, weigh, Gr.
'exa`gion a weight, 'exagia`zein to examine, 'exa`gein to
drive out, export. See {Agent}, and cf. {Exact}, {Examine},
{Assay}.]
1. An effort made, or exertion of body or mind, for the
performance of anything; a trial; attempt; as, to make an
essay to benefit a friend. ``The essay at organization.''
--M. Arnold.

2. (Lit.) 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.

3. An assay. See {Assay}, n. [Obs.]

Syn: Attempt; trial; endeavor; effort; tract; treatise;
dissertation; disquisition.

essay at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

essay
n 1: an analytic or interpretive literary composition
2: a tentative attempt
v 1: make an effort or attempt; "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" [syn: {try}, {seek}, {attempt}, {assay}]
2: put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental
use to; "This approach has been tried with good results";
"Test this recipe" [syn: {test}, {prove}, {try}, {try out},
{examine}]

essay at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==
Inter: wikipedi » a

Pronunciation

* Inter: audio » En-us-essay.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » ɛseɪ

    Etymology

    From Inter: etyl » frm essai.

    Noun

    Inter: en-nou » n


  • A written composition of moderate length exploring a particular issue or subject.
    1. Inter: obsolet » e A test, experiment; an assay.
    2. Inter: context » now|_|rare An attempt.
    3. 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, Oxford 2003, p. 455:
    4. : This was Lee's first essay in the kind of offensive-defensive strategy that was to become his hallmark.

      Derived terms

      * photo essay

      Related terms

      * essayist

  • essayistic

    Translations

    Inter: trans-top » written composition
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|مقالة|f|tr=maqaala|sc=Arab, Inter: t+ » ar|بحث|m|tr=baHth
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|есе|n|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » bg|съчинение|n|sc=Cyrl
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|雜文|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|杂文|tr=záwén|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|論文|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|论文|tr=lùnwén|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|esej|m
  • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|essay|n, Inter: t+ » nl|opstel|n
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|eseo
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|essee, Inter: t- » fi|kirjoitelma
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|essai|m, Inter: t+ » fr|mémoire|m, Inter: t+ » fr|dissertation|f, Inter: t+ » fr|rédaction|f
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Aufsatz|m, Inter: t+ » de|Essay|n
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|δοκίμιο|n|tr=dokímio|sc=Grek, Inter: t+ » el|πραγματεία|f|tr=pragmateía|sc=Grek, Inter: t+ » el|έκθεση|f|tr=ékthesi|sc=Grek
  • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|esai

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|aiste|f
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|saggio, Inter: t+ » it|ricerca|f, Inter: t+ » it|studio|m
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|エッセイ|tr=essei|sc=Jpan, Inter: t- » ja|随筆|tr=ずいひつ, zuihitsu|sc=Jpan
    • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|수필|tr=supil|sc=Kore (Inter: t+ » ko|隨筆|sc=Kore)
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|esej|m
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|ensaio|m
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|сочинение|n|tr=sočinénije|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|эссе|n|tr=essɛ́|sc=Cyrl Inter: indeclinabl » e
    • Slovene: Inter: t- » sl|esej|m
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|ensayo|m
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|essä|c
    • Telugu: Inter: t+ » te|వ్యాసము
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|deneme
    • Welsh: Inter: t+ » cy|traethawd|m


    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » an attempt
    • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|محاولة|tr=muHawála|sc=Arab
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|опит|m|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » bg|проба|f|sc=Cyrl
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|zkouška|f, Inter: t- » cs|pokus|m
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|poging|f
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Versuch|m


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|δοκιμή|f|tr=dokimí|sc=Grek, Inter: t+ » el|απόπειρα|f|tr=apópeira|sc=Grek
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|tentativo|m, Inter: t+ » it|prova|f
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|ensaio|m, Inter: t+ » pt|tentativa|f
  • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|poskus|m
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|ensayo|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Verb

    Inter: en-verb » |
  • Inter: dated » transitive To try.
    1. 1900, Category: w - :Charles W. Chesnutt|Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter II,
    2. : He retraced his steps to the front gate, which he essayed to open.
    3. Inter: intransitiv » e To move forth, as into battle.

      Translations

      Inter: trans-top » To try

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|опитвам се|sc=Cyrl
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|prøve, Inter: t- » da|forsøge

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|αποπειρώμαι|tr=apopeirómai|sc=Grek, Inter: t+ » el|δοκιμάζω|tr=dokimázo|sc=Grek
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|ensaiar, Inter: t+ » pt|tentar


    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Anagrams

    * eyass
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    Translation: cs » essay
    Translation: cy » essay
    Translation: de » essay
    Translation: et » essay
    Translation: el » essay
    Translation: fa » essay
    Translation: fr » essay
    Translation: ko » essay
    Translation: hr » essay
    Translation: io » essay
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    Translation: ku » essay
    Translation: hu » essay
    Translation: mg » essay
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    Translation: my » essay
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    Translation: pl » essay
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    Translation: ru » essay
    Category: simple:essay -
    Translation: fi » essay
    Translation: sv » essay
    Translation: ta » essay
    Translation: te » essay
    Translation: th » essay
    Translation: vi » essay
    Translation: zh » essay

    Essay at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » essay

    German

    Inter: wikipedia » lang=de

    Noun

    Inter: head » de|noun|g=m
  • essay, usually on scientific, cultural or sociological subjects for publication in a newspaper or magazine

    See also

    * Aufsatz (umbrella term for all sorts of essays)

  • Translation: de » Essay
    Translation: fr » Essay
    Translation: ko » Essay
    Translation: io » Essay
    Translation: kn » Essay
    Translation: ru » Essay
    Translation: zh » Essay