essay has definitions from the field of writing
[ noun ] (writing) an analytic or interpretive literary composition

Used in print

(Bern Dibner, "Oerstad and the Discovery of Electro...)

In_this third year at the university , Hans , in 1797 , was awarded the first important token of recognition , a gold medal for his essay on `` Limits_of_Poetry_and_Prose '' .

He completed his training in pharmacy also , taking his degree with high honors in 1797 , and in 1799 was awarded the degree of Doctor_of_Philosophy along with a prize for an essay in medicine .

Oersted remodeled Ritter 's notes into an essay in French which was submitted to the Institut_de_France for its annual prize of 3000 francs .

(John F. Hayward, "Mimesis and Symbol in the Arts"...)

Accordingly , it is the aim of this essay to advance a new theory of imitation ( which I shall call mimesis in_order to distinguish it from earlier theories of imitation ) and a new theory of invention ( which I shall call symbol for reasons to be stated hereafter ) .

(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)

Some fourteen or fifteen years ago , in an essay I called The Leader_Follows - Where ?

[ noun ] a tentative attempt

Used in print

(Norman Kent, "The Watercolor Art of Roy M. Mason"...)

He worked in oil for years before beginning his work in watercolor , and his first public recognition and early honors , including his election to the Academy , were for his essays in the heavier medium .

Related terms

attempt try

[ verb ] make an effort or attempt


try attempt seek assay


"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"

Used in print

(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)

The infant , in white terry-cloth bathrobe , her face intense and purposeful , had essayed a_few wobbly steps toward her father .

[ verb ] put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to


"This approach has been tried with good results" "Test this recipe"