- n an analytic or interpretive literary composition
- n a tentative attempt
- v make an effort or attempt
The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps
- v put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
- PTI's reflective issue features stories from the past year, features on 11 lives altered by the attacks, photo essays and other pieces on a changed nation and world.
- Barack Obama in MiamiHerald.com
...a good question to put to supporters of Sonia Sotomayor who insist that her remark that Latin women make better judges than white men must be taken in context -- or, as President Obama says, in "the entire sweep of the essay that she...
- Peter Ackroyd in FOXNews
It's like writing an essay, rather than a biography,says Ackroyd, who has written an 800-page book about London and 500 pages about Shakespeare. "It's an exercise, in style as much as in substance. It's an opportunity to capture the broad...
- Cynthia Ozick in International Herald Tribune
In serious mainstream magazines nowadays, with very few exceptions, the topical piece, more journalism than essay, has replaced the short story and usurped its stature,Ozick stated Wednesday night. "The topical piece will inform us,...