trying

Definitions

  • Using the Try-Square
    Using the Try-Square
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj trying extremely irritating to the nerves "nerve-racking noise","the stressful days before a war","a trying day at the office"
    • adj trying hard to endure "fell upon trying times"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scribing with Knife by Try-Square Scribing with Knife by Try-Square
CINDERELLA TRIES ON THE SLIPPER CINDERELLA TRIES ON THE SLIPPER
Tried to Explain That he Had Been Buncoed 148 Tried to Explain That he Had Been Buncoed 148
Have you ever tried riding without the handles Have you ever tried riding without the handles
Trying on the Shoe Trying on the Shoe
He Tries the Butt of his Gun on It 041 He Tries the Butt of his Gun on It 041
TRYING TO START A FIRE WITH KEROSENE TRYING TO START A FIRE WITH KEROSENE
The youth tries to catch the hen as the Sister of the Sun watches The youth tries to catch the hen as the Sister of the Sun watches

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Francis Bacon died of hypothermia while trying to freeze a chicken by stuffing it with snow.
    • a Trying Adapted to try, or put to severe trial; severe; afflictive; as, a trying occasion or position.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In ancient times, any Japanese who tried to leave his homeland was put to death.
    • trying Of a kind to test severely or thoroughly; difficult; severe: as, a trying ordeal; trying circumstances; a color trying to one's complexion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Louis XVI of France was captured at Varennes in June 1791 while trying to flee his country. He was stopped at an inn when he tried to pay with a coin that carried his likeness.
    • adj Trying making trial or proof of: adapted to try: searching: severe
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you've never failed you've never tried.”
  • David Viscott
    David Viscott
    “In the end, the only people who fail are those who do not try.”
  • (Frederick II) Frederick The Great
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    “In trying to defend everything he defended nothing.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity.”
  • Alexander The Great
    Alexander The Great
    “There is nothing impossible to him who will try.”
  • Joan Welsh
    Joan Welsh
    “Influence: What you think you have until you try to use it.”

Idioms

If at first you don't succeed try try again - When you fail, try until you get it right!
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Tried and tested - If a method has been tried and tested, it is known to work or be effective because it has been successfully used long enough to be trusted.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. trier, to pick out, to cull (the grain from the straw), from an assumed L. tritareterĕre, tritum, to rub.

Usage

In literature:

Do not try to do too much.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
At least I will try to try it.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
At last I felt as if someone were trying, rather ineffectually, to remove the sack itself.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Mrs. Chepstow had tried a great many means of keeping fresh, but she had omitted that.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
She tried to support herself further by a chain of reasoning.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
If Lockley hadn't been obsessed with her, he'd have tried to make sure she was left behind before he tried to find her.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Columbus frankly told him what he was trying to do.
"The Beginner's American History" by D. H. Montgomery
And the whole gang's trying to hide something, and what they're trying to hide is something they're scared of, like a body in a closet.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
We have been trying some of the tender varieties top-worked.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
But Babs hadn't tried that.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The few jewels I had preserved went when I was trying to furnish this house.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
My brother came to visit us from the West and he told me to try Dr. Pierce's Golden Medical Discovery.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
I have never regarded it as the proper thing to try and force a Cabinet upon a President.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 8 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Interviews" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Mr. Merrick told you you were trying these defendants, but that the people of the whole country were trying you.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Legal" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Mrs. Weinstein tried to comfort Yetta.
"Comrade Yetta" by Albert Edwards
He told his family timidly he should try for two of those prizes.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
I tried, oh, I tried so hard to have you see that no good could come of it, no good at all!
"The Homesteader" by Oscar Micheaux
Many tried to crawl over the top of the heap, but were drawn down to the grinding mill of death underneath.
"Chicago's Awful Theater Horror" by Various
Altogether she tried to be calm.
"Wyndham's Pal" by Harold Bindloss
Groaning, he slid forward, tried to grasp the desk, tried to rise and collapsed.
"When the Owl Cries" by Paul Bartlett
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In poetry:

They knew the restlessness of death
Through every nerve did creep,
And carefully they tried to lull
The dying Queen to sleep.
"The Dying Queen" by Frances Ellen Watkins
"Oh, I fear Him!" said the daughter,
"And I try to love Him, too;
But I wish He was good and gentle,
Kind and loving as you."
"The Minister’s Daughter" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And if, my friend, you'd have it end,
There's naught to hear or tell.
But need you try to black my eye
In wishing me farewell.
"They Part" by Dorothy Parker
Pleasure
Thou shalt know each hidden Cause;
And see the future Time:
Try what depth the Centre draws;
And then to Heaven climb.
"A Dialogue Between The Resolved Soul, And Created Pleasure" by Andrew Marvell
Fly from the false deceiver's tongue,
Ye sons of Adam, fly;
Our parents found the snare too strong,
Nor should the children try.
"Hymn 157" by Isaac Watts
Now the full glories of the Lamb
Adorn the heav'nly plains;
Sweet cherubs learn Immanuel's name,
And try their choicest strains.
"Hymn 46 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

So the next time a cave man , a new competitor or a disruption come along, before you start trying to understand them, try to understand yourself first.
They say he also tried and failed to rob a bank in Chelsea earlier that day, after trying and failing to rob the same bank the week before.
If at first you pick the wrong name, you can always try, try again.
It sure seemed as if Brandon Jacobs was trying to talk or tweet his way off the 49ers roster and trying to angle his way back to his former team, the Giants, a team in need of depth at running back.
Schlotzsky's tries tri- branding .
Man twice tries to break in to Pa. Home / Man twice tries to break in to Pa.
My grandfather knew good technology when he tried it-and he tried it all.
For the past several days, I've been trying the patience of Debra Floyd, an Oglethorpe County woman who is trying to fund the medical needs of her 3-year-old dachshund , Pati.
Trying to make two at the same time is a challenge not many developers try to tackle.
The Mobile County Sheriff's Office is trying to locate the driver of a white pickup truck after several young girls said a man was trying to talk them into getting in his vehicle.
This is such a cool thing to try.try it.
Scenes from Sunday, July 29 of the 2012 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup in Tri-Cities KAI-HUEI YAU — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo.
Trying to describe the influence he had on a generation of children is like trying to describe how hot the sun is.
If you're trying to cut calories but still want great flavor, try our selection of lightened up meals.
The Ada County Sheriff's Office is trying to figure out who tried to hide stolen guns inside the Kuna Caves.
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In science:

The drivers try to maximize their income and hence the amount of passengers they transport.
The statistical properties of the city transport in Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Random matrix ensembles
There are two distinct ways to try to achieve our aims and we have tried to review them both in this article.
Review of quasi-elastic charge-exchange data in the nucleon-deuteron breakup reaction
The EBB model is TRI iff the sample system S is TRI, more precisely iff there is an orthogonal basis of hS in which both hS and TS have a real matrix representation and the vectors χj have real components.
Quantum Hypothesis Testing and Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
These are the following transitions: • Remove a task that does not exist: Tries to remove a task which does not exist (invalid data). • Remove an event that does not exist: Tries to remove an event which does not exist (invalid data).
Using Built-In Domain-Specific Modeling Support to Guide Model-Based Test Generation
It learns from infeasibility and tries to produce another path containing still uncovered transitions, or tries to continue the completed path.
CTGEN - a Unit Test Generator for C
All this emphasizes the importance of trying to measure the magnetic moments of high mass baryon states and also to try to calculate them with lattice gauge techniques.
Evidence for mass dependent effects in the spin structure of baryons
The upper layer states are tried in the order in which they are described below since if the dialogue is in any of the earlier states, there is no point in trying later ones.
Towards a PURE Spoken Dialogue System for Information Access
This emphasizes the importance of trying to measure the magnetic moments of high mass baryon states and also to try to calculate them with lattice gauge techniques.
Is there a mass dependence in the spin structure of baryons?
Just as it is an interesting problem to try to recover classical physics from ordinary CA’s, it is also interesting to try to find QCA’s that recover the dynamics of known quantum field theories in the macroscopic limit[11, 57, 58, 105].
Crystalline Computation
The model spectrum is chosen by means of a try and error method, the main emphasis being put on trying to reproduce the location of the low- and high-energy resonances and their intensity.
Optical response of supported particles
LtNP ,tri,P F ,Lt − dLt = Lt − 1 for prime Lt and the theorem follows. 2 In it was conjectured that the number TriCyl(Lt ), i.e., NP ,tri,P F ,Lt , behaves asymptotically like dLt /Lt as Lt → ∞.
Exact Potts Model Partition Function for Strips of the Square Lattice
The property that the numbers nZ (Λ, Ly , d) are the same for all three lattices Λ = sq , tri, hc, as was shown for Λ = sq , tri in Ref. and for Λ = hc in .
Transfer Matrices for the Partition Function of the Potts Model on Cyclic and Mobius Lattice Strips
For the family of R-modules {Ms}s≥1 defined above, we have: (1) Ms satisfies (TRi ) if and only if i < s. (2) Tr(Ms ) satisfies (TRi ) if and only if i > −s.
Independence of the total reflexivity conditions for modules
As noted by Avramov and Martsinkovsky in , the module M is totally reflexive if and only if it satisfies (TRi ) for all i 6= −1 if and only if it satisfies (TRi ) for all i 6= −2.
Independence of the total reflexivity conditions for modules
Thus, the condition (TRi ) for i = −1 is a consequence of the condition (TRi ) for all i 6= −1, and the condition (TRi ) for i = −2 is a consequence of the condition (TRi ) for all i 6= −2.
Independence of the total reflexivity conditions for modules
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