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assay

noun analysis, ascertainment, assessment, breakdown, calculation, computation, diagnosis, experiment, exploration, measurement, probation, probe, test, test case, verification

assay

verb analyze, ascertain, assess, calculate, commute, diagnose, endeavor, evaluate, experiment, measure, research, test, try, verify, weigh
See also: analysis, attempt, diagnosis, endeavor, experiment, inquiry

ASSAY. A chemical examination of metals, by which the quantity of valuable or precious metal contained in any mineral or metallic mixture is ascertained. 2. By the acts of Congress of March 3, 1823, 3 Story's L. U. S. 1924; of June 25, 1834, 4 Shars. cont. Story's L. U. S. 2373; and of June 28, 1834, Id. 2377, it is made the duty of the secretary of the treasury to cause assays to be made at the mint of the United States, of certain coins made current by the said acts, and to make report of the result thereof to congress.

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Consequently relatively few assayer bars have survived to the present day, and the remaining examples are nearly all of small size, a few ounces or less in weight.
Fourcroy 1806 Elected to L'Institut de France 1809 Named Professor of Chemistry at L'Ecole Polytechnique, Paris 1809 Appointed Professor of Physics at La Sorbonne, Paris 1809 Became Editor of the Journal Annales de chimie 1818 Named Superintendent of the French Government Gun Powder Factory 1829 Appointed Chief Assayer of the Paris Mint 1832 Named Professor of Chemistry at Jardin des Plantes, Paris 1839 Raised to the dignity of a Peer of France
Major Works: The Sidereal Messenger (1610), The Assayer (1623), Dialogue on the Two Great World Systems (1632), Discourses on Two New Sciences (1638)
The mine refiner and assayer are intimately involved in producing the dore bullion, and it is likely that they will have some valuable suggestions regarding the remelt procedures.
Instead of making readers equal to observers, Galileo's conclusions in The Assayer thus effectively problemarize the position of both observers and readers.
He obtained a job as assayer at the Colorado Smelting Co.
Varennes de Beost's collection had become famous as early as 1757, when he resided in Dijon, and was further enlarged by the acquisition of the collections of Savalete de Bucheley (one of the farmers-general under Louis XV) in 1764 and Jean Hellot (16851766), chemist and chief assayer for the French mint, in 1766.
After graduating from Rutgers University, he worked as an assayer, chemist, and metallurgist in the gold mills of South Dakota's Black Hills and in Colorado.
In addition to a directly methodological indebtedness, one might suggest that Descartes would have found resonances with the 1619 experience discussed in this essay in a passage like the following, from Galileo's The Assayer (1623): "that [philosopher] will indeed be fortunate who, led by some unusual inner light, can turn from dark and confused labyrinths in which he might have gone perpetually winding with the crowd" (Galileo, 240).
When his mother died in 1764 his father took him out of school and gave him the position of Huttenschreiber (a combination of bookkeeper, secretary, assayer and payroll clerk) at the ironworks, where he remained in his father's service for another five years.
Transparent - The silver, platinum and palladium bullion held by the trust is inspected biannually by the independent metal assayer, Inspectorate International.
The son of an Army man, Pitcher was born in Acton, London, and while an apprentice assayer began studying for a degree in chemistry and geology at Chelsea Polytechnic.