• Using the Try-Square
    Using the Try-Square
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v try put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice "Try on this sweater to see how it looks"
    • v try melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities "try the yak butter","render fat in a casserole"
    • v try take a sample of "Try these new crackers","Sample the regional dishes"
    • v try test the limits of "You are trying my patience!"
    • v try give pain or trouble to "I've been sorely tried by these students"
    • v try examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process "The jury had heard all the evidence","The case will be tried in California"
    • v try put on trial or hear a case and sit as the judge at the trial of "The football star was tried for the murder of his wife","The judge tried both father and son in separate trials"
    • v try make an effort or attempt "He tried to shake off his fears","The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps","The police attempted to stop the thief","He sought to improve himself","She always seeks to do good in the world"
    • v try put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to "This approach has been tried with good results","Test this recipe"
    • n try earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something "made an effort to cover all the reading material","wished him luck in his endeavor","she gave it a good try"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Scribing with Knife by Try-Square Scribing with Knife by Try-Square
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
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: A monkey was once tried and convicted for smoking a cigarette in South Bend, Indiana
    • Try A screen, or sieve, for grain.
    • Try Act of trying; attempt; experiment; trial. "This breaking of his has been but a try for his friends."
    • Try In Rugby and Northern Union football, a score (counting three points) made by grounding the ball on or behind the opponent's goal line; -- so called because it entitles the side making it to a place kick for a goal (counting two points more if successful).
    • a Try Refined; select; excellent; choice. "Sugar that is try ."
    • Try 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.
    • Try To do; to fare; as, how do you try !
    • Try To essay; to attempt; to endeavor. "Let us try . . . to found a path.""He first deceased: she for a little tried To live without him; liked it not, and died.""Alack, I am afraid they have a waked,
      And 't is not done. The attempt , and not the deed,
      Confounds us."
    • Try (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.
    • Try To exert strength; to endeavor; to make an effort or an attempt; as, you must try hard if you wish to learn.
    • Try To experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience. "Or try the Libyan heat or Scythian cold."
    • Try 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.""To ease her cares the force of sleep she tries ."
    • Try 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."
    • Try 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.""For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried ."
    • Try 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 ."
    • Try To strain; to subject to excessive tests; as, the light tries his eyes; repeated disappointments try one's patience.
    • Try 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.""These are the times that try men's souls."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1916, an elephant was tried and hung for murder in Erwin, Tennessee
    • try To separate, as what is good from what is bad; separate by sifting; sift.
    • try Hence— To select; cull; pick out.
    • try To ascertain by sifting or examination.
    • try To separate (metal) from the ore or dross by melting; refine; assay.
    • try To separate or reduce by boiling or steaming; render: generally with out: as, to try out lard or blubber.
    • try To put to the test or proof; subject to experimental treatment, comparison with a standard, or the like, in order to determine the truth, accuracy, power, strength, speed, fitness, or other quality of; test; prove: as, to try weights and measures; to try a new invention; to try conclusions; to try one's patience, or one's luck.
    • try To use, apply, or practise tentatively; experiment with: as, to try a new remedy; also, to experiment upon; treat tentatively.
    • try To endeavor experimentally to find out.
    • try To experience; have knowledge of by experience.
    • try To undertake; attempt; essay.
    • try To examine judicially; bring or set before a court with evidence or argument, or both, for a final judicial determination; submit to the examination and decision or sentence of a judicial tribunal: as, to try a case; to try a prisoner. The word is used in law with reference to the issues raised by the pleadings, not with reference to motions and other interlocutory questions.
    • try To bring to a decision; determine; settle; hence, to decide by combat.
    • try To bear hardly upon; subject to trials or suffering; afflict: as, the family has been sorely tried.
    • try To strain: as, to try the eyes.
    • try To incite to wrong; tempt; solicit.
    • try To invite; escort.
    • try In joinery, to dress with a trying-plane. See trying-plane.
    • try To attempt; undertake.
    • try To exert strength; make an effort; endeavor; attempt: as, to try for a situation.
    • try To find or show what a person or a thing is; prove by experience; make or hold a trial.
    • try Nautical, to lie to in a gale under storm-sails so as to keep a ship's bow to the sea.
    • try In angling, to fish again over a pool or stream where the fish have refused to bite before, as with a different cast of flies, from another direction with regard to the wind or sun, etc.: also used transitively: as, to try back the water.
    • try Hence— To transude, or ooze out, as sweat: as, the perspiration is trying out of him.
    • try Synonyms To seek, essay, strive.
    • n try The act of trying; a trial; experiment; effort.
    • n try In foot-ball, in the Rugby game, the right to carry the ball in front of the goal and try to kick a goal. When goals are equal, the game is decided by the majority of tries.
    • n try A sieve; riddle; screen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The lifespan of a firefly is about seven days. During these days, they are busy trying to find a mate
    • v.t Try trī to put to the test or proof: to sift: to prove by experiment: to purify: to examine judiciously: to determine, settle: to examine carefully or experimentally: to experience: to attempt: to use as means: to put to severe trial, cause suffering to: to bring to a decision, to settle
    • v.i Try to endeavour: to make an effort: :
    • n Try a trial: effort: in Rugby football, the score of three points gained by a player who succeeds in placing the ball with his hand over the enemy's line
    • v.i Try (Shak.) to prove by experience
    • v.i Try (obs.) to keep a ship's bows to the sea during a gale:—pa.t. and pa.p. tried (trīd)
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “I tried to change the world, but I was outnumbered.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?”
  • Mae West
    “When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.”
  • E. L. Doctorow
    E. L. Doctorow
    “I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad.”
  • Samuel Beckett
    “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”


If at first you don't succeed try try again - When you fail, try until you get it right!
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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. trien, to select, pick out, F. trier, to cull, to out, LL. tritare, to triturate (hence the sense of, to thresh, to separate the grain from the straw, to select), L. terere, tritum, to rub, bruise, grind, thresh. See Trite


In literature:

But I was willing to try; I'd try anything once.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
Were they trying to wake some votary who slept below?
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
Now I want all of you to try.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
And he tried to bluster.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
But he kept trying, and the harder he tried the worse he played.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
Since that day Charmian had tried to create something, and had found out.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
But not 'try it,' Hanlon.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
I remember a number of years ago I went out of Chicago to try to preach.
"Moody's Anecdotes And Illustrations" by Dwight L. Moody
He must try to conquer it, and, if that were impossible, to rein it in before the evening.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
He'd refused to take a dive as a boxer; he'd tried to play honest cards; he'd tried honesty on his beat back on Earth.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey

In poetry:

But for thy temple in the sky,
Its pillars strong and white—
I cannot love it, though I try,
And long with all my might.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
No:--she was mild as April morn,
And Andrew loved her too;
She rose at daybreak, though forlorn,
To try what love could do.
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
Ask him if Aprile
Knows as he Loves—if I shall Love and Know?
I try; but that cold hand, like lead—so cold!
"Paracelsus: Part V: Paracelsus Attains" by Robert Browning
Who knows, when virtue's lost or fled,
That time is really trying;
For if the man is not then dead,
He truly must be dying.
"No Enemies" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Now since I've returned safe home again
I will try and be content
With my lovely Jeannie at home,
And forget my banishment.
"The Convict's Return" by William Topaz McGonagall
Deep in my heart my sorrows lie,
And none the cause may know.
How can they know, who never try
To learn whence comes our woe?
"On The Misgovernment Of The State" by Confucius

In news:

Every year you try to find what you lacked the year before that kept you from winning the championship and then try to improve on it.
On her fifth LP, Nelly Furtado tries awfully hard to be Rihanna – when she's not trying to be M.I.A.
The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation started "Try it Tuesdays'" by giving students at Harper Elementary School a chance to try Jicama during their lunch on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012.
Searchers trying to find an 8-pound monkey that escaped more than a week ago are now playing sounds of a baby monkey to try to recapture the wayward animal.
If you were unimpressed by the mac 'n' cheese you tried at Bay Cities Italian Deli, then you must have tried its other mac 'n' cheese.
With Mitt Romney's rivals for the GOP presidential nomination trying to score points in the bitter debate over raising the debt ceiling, how wise is it for the frontrunner to try to remain above the fray.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Tri-City Americans goalie Eric Comrie tries to stop Vancouver Giants forward Marek Tvrdon in WHL action last Jan 13 at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver.
If you're having trouble, try updating your operating system or you can try these two additional links.
CoverGirl wanted an edgy pitchwoman and didn't want to try and mold the 'Try' singer into something she's not.
Scenes from Sunday, July 29 of the 2012 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup in Tri-Cities KAI-HUEI YAU — Tri-City Herald.
Pierce County sheriff's detectives are trying to identify a man who tried to rob a bank in University Place this week.
Any fellow homebrewers wanna try making this and let the KATS staff (namely, Me) try it with you.
Next time you're sitting on your couch trying to motivate yourself to get more active and you try to use the excuse that you're too old, watch this video.
You've tried the basics, now try these.

In science:

When sub jects try to guess the sequence in the Radio Zenith experiment, we may assume they try not to make it too obvious.
Assessing Cognitive Randomness: A Kolmogorov Complexity Approach
In all cases, however, we find two distinct multi-critical points in the phase diagram, namely a magnetic tri-critical point and a nematic tri-critical point.
Preemptive nematic order, pseudogap, and orbital order in the iron pnictides
We see that αc1 and αc2 cross at a certain ηz , beyond which the nematic tri-critical point occurs at a smaller α than the magnetic tri-critical point.
Preemptive nematic order, pseudogap, and orbital order in the iron pnictides
Tri-bimaximal mixing in the neutrino sector is predicted exactly at leading order, charged lepton mixing leads to small deviation from the tri-bimaximal mixing pattern.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)
We will also discuss about some distinct features of the QLC parametrization by comparing with the so-called triminimal parametrization of per turbations to tri-bimaximal neutrino mixing matrix which has been proposed so that the effects of deviations from the tri-bimaximal mixing could be easily probed.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)