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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

I went on all over the States, ranting poems to enthusiastic audiences that, the week before, had been equally enthusiastic about lectures on Railway Development or the Modern Turkish Essay.
Dylan Thomas

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

The primary thing I should do, apart from being a good husband, brother, son, and friend, is to be a citizen activist. But I'm afraid it takes away from the writing. Not that anything depends on whether I put an essay in 'The Nation' or not. But you want to participate.
Tony Kushner

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

In an essay, you have the outcome in your pocket before you set out on your journey, and very rarely do you make an intellectual or psychological discovery. But when you write fiction, you don't know where you are going - sometimes down to the last paragraph - and that is the pleasure of it.
Cynthia Ozick
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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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