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Definition of Essay

Essay

  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.
  2. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To test the value and purity of (metals); to assay. See Assay.

Essay Quotations

A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.
Virginia Woolf

A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.
Mao Zedong

What a writer can do, what a fiction writer or a poet or an essay writer can do is re-engage people with their own humanity.
Barbara Kingsolver

In high school, I won a prize for an essay on tuberculosis. When I got through writing the essay, I was sure I had the disease.
Constance Baker Motley

When I was ten, I wrote an essay on what I would be when I grew up and said I would be a professional soccer player and a comedian in off season.
Will Ferrell
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Essay Translations

essay in Afrikaans is stelling
essay in Dutch is stelling, proefschrift, dissertatie
essay in German is Abhandlung, Versuch
essay in Italian is trattato, dissertazione, esperimento
essay in Latin is rudimentum
essay in Norwegian is essay, stil
essay in Spanish is composicion, ensayo
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