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Oxford dictionary definition of the word essay:
1a short piece of writing on a particular subject.
2 formal an attempt or effort:
a misjudged essay in job preservation
a trial design of a postage stamp yet to be accepted.
[with object] formal
attempt or try:
Donald essayed a smile
late 15th century (as a verb in the sense ‘test the quality of’): alteration of assay, by association with Old French essayer, based on late Latin exagium ‘weighing’, from the base of exigere ‘ascertain, weigh’; the noun (late 16th century) is from Old French essai ‘trial’