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.
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.
An assay. See Assay, n.
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.
To test the value and purity of (metals); to assay. See Assay.
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
I'm most suspicious of scripts that have a lot of stage direction at the top of the page... sunrise over the desert and masses of... a whole essay before you get to the dialogue. Anthony Hopkins
Criticism is, for me, like essay writing, a wonderful way of relaxation; it doesn't require a heightened and mediated voice, like prose fiction, but rather a calm, rational, even conversational voice. Joyce Carol Oates
I thought I was going to write fiction but I fell backwards into non-fiction. It started when I got locked out of two apartments in one day and I told the story to some friends, one of whom worked in the 'Village Voice' and asked me to turn it into an essay. Sloane Crosley
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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