Try v. t. [imp. & p. p. tried p. pr. & vb. n. Trying.]
1. To divide or separate, as one sort from another; to winnow; to sift; to pick out; -- frequently followed by out; as, to try out the wild corn from the good. [Obs.]
2. To purify or refine, as metals; to melt out, and procure in a pure state, as oil, tallow, lard, etc.
The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. --Ps. xii. 6.
For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried. --Ps. lxvi. 10.
3. To prove by experiment; to apply a test to, for the purpose of determining the quality; to examine; to prove; to test; as, to try weights or measures by a standard; to try a man's opinions.
Let the end try the man. --Shak.
4. To subject to severe trial; to put to the test; to cause suffering or trouble to.
Thus far to try thee, Adam, I was pleased. --Milton.
5. To experiment with; to test by use; as, to try a remedy for disease; to try a horse.
Come, try upon yourselves what you have seen me. --Shak.
To ease her cares the force of sleep she tries. --Swift.
6. To strain; to subject to excessive tests; as, the light tries his eyes; repeated disappointments try one's patience.
7. Law To examine or investigate judicially; to examine by witnesses or other judicial evidence and the principles of law; as, to try a cause, or a criminal.
8. To settle; to decide; to determine; specifically, to decide by an appeal to arms; as, to try rival claims by a duel; to try conclusions.
Left I the court, to see this quarrel tried. --Shak.
9. To experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience.
Or try the Libyan heat or Scythian cold. --Dryden.
10. To essay; to attempt; to endeavor.
Let us try . . . to found a path. --Milton.
To try on. (a) To put on, as a garment, to ascertain whether it fits the person. (b) To attempt; to undertake. [Slang] --Dickens.
Syn: -- To attempt; endeavor; strive; aim; examine.
Usage: -- Try, Attempt. To try is the generic, to attempt is the specific, term. When we try, we are usually uncertain as to success; when we attempt, we have always some definite object in view which we seek to accomplish. We may be indifferent as to the result of a trial, but we rarely attempt anything without a desire to succeed.
He first deceased: she for a little tried
To live without him; liked it not, and died. --Sir H. Wotton.
Alack, I am afraid they have a waked,
And 't is not done. The attempt, and not the deed,
Confounds us. --Shak.
Try v. i.
1. To exert strength; to endeavor; to make an effort or an attempt; as, you must try hard if you wish to learn.
2. To do; to fare; as, how do you try! [Prov. Eng.]
1. A screen, or sieve, for grain. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
2. Act of trying; attempt; experiment; trial.
This breaking of his has been but a try for his friends. --Shak.
3. In Rugby and Northern Union football, a score (counting three points) made by grounding the ball on or behind the opponent's goal line; -- so called because it entitles the side making it to a place kick for a goal (counting two points more if successful).
Try, a. Refined; select; excellent; choice. [Obs.] “Sugar that is try.”
n : earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or
accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the
reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor";
"she gave it a good try" [syn: attempt, effort, endeavor,
v 1: make an effort or attempt; "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" [syn: seek, attempt, essay, assay]
2: put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental
use to; "This approach has been tried with good results";
"Test this recipe" [syn: test, prove, try out, examine,
3: put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the
trial of; "The football star was tried for the murder of
his wife"; "The judge tried both father and son in
separate trials" [syn: judge, adjudicate]
4: take a sample of; "Try these new crackers"; "Sample the
regional dishes" [syn: sample, try out, taste]
5: examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process;
"The jury had heard all the evidence"; "The case will be
tried in California" [syn: hear]
6: give pain or trouble to; "I've been sorely tried by these
7: test the limits of; "You are trying my patience!" [syn: strain,
8: melt (fat, lard, etc.) in order to separate out impurities;
"try the yak butter"; "render fat in a casserole" [syn: render]
9: put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks
nice; "Try on this sweater to see how it looks" [syn: try