Assay cup



a small wine cup for tasting wine to be offered to another person.

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  • Assay groove

    (in silverwork) a furrow left in a piece by the digging out of metal for assay.

  • Assay office

    a local testing station for assaying ore, as gold or silver, especially a government station maintained in connection with the registration of mineral claims, purchases of gold, or the like. Historical Examples There is little left here, though the assay office, built up against a massive square rock still stands. The Lake of the Sky […]



  • Assay ton

    a unit of weight used in assaying ore, equivalent to 29.167 grams. Historical Examples Even if half an assay ton has been taken the only calculation needed is multiplying the milligrams by two. A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines. Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer See note 27, p. […]

  • Assayer

    to examine or analyze: to assay a situation; to assay an event. Metallurgy. to analyze (an ore, alloy, etc.) in order to determine the quantity of gold, silver, or other metal in it. Pharmacology. to subject (a drug) to an analysis for the determination of its potency or composition. to judge the quality of; assess; […]



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