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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Try·ing, a. Adapted to try, or put to severe trial; severe; afflictive; as, a trying occasion or position.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: hard to endure; "fell upon trying times"
      2: extremely irritating to the nerves; "nerve-racking noise";
         "the stressful days before a war"; "a trying day at the
         office" [syn: nerve-racking, nerve-wracking, stressful]