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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): ( v. t.) To experience; to have or gain knowledge of by experience.

(2): ( v. t.) 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.

(3): ( v. t.) To purify or refine, as metals; to melt out, and procure in a pure state, as oil, tallow, lard, etc.

(4): ( v. t.) 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.

(5): ( v. t.) To subject to severe trial; to put to the test; to cause suffering or trouble to.

(6): ( v. t.) To experiment with; to test by use; as, to try a remedy for disease; to try a horse.

(7): ( v. t.) To strain; to subject to excessive tests; as, the light tries his eyes; repeated disappointments try one's patience.

(8): ( v. t.) 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.

(9): ( v. t.) 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.

(10): ( n.) 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).

(11): ( v. t.) To essay; to attempt; to endeavor.

(12): ( v. i.) To exert strength; to endeavor; to make an effort or an attempt; as, you must try hard if you wish to learn.

(13): ( v. i.) To do; to fare; as, how do you try!

(14): ( n.) A screen, or sieve, for grain.

(15): ( n.) Act of trying; attempt; experiment; trial.

(16): ( v. t.) Refined; select; excellent; choice.

King James Dictionary [2]

Try, To exert strength to endeavor to make an effort to attempt. Try to learn try to lift a weight. The horses tried to draw the load. These phrases give the true sense.

Try, To examine to make experiment on to prove by experiment.

Come, try upon yourselves what you have seen me.

1. To experience to have knowledge by experience of.

Or try the Libyan heat, or Scythian cold.

2. To prove by a test as, to try weights and measures by a standard to try one's opinions by the divine oracles. 3. To act upon as a test.

The fire sev'n times tried this.

4. To examine judicially by witnesses and the principles of law as causes tried in court. 5. To essay to attempt.

Let us try advent'rous work.

6. To purify to refine as silver seven times tried. 7. To search carefully into.  Psalms 11 8. To use as means as, to try remedies for a disease. 9. To strain as, to try the eyes the literal sense of the word.

To try tallow, &c. is to melt and separate it from the membranes.

To tryout, to pursue efforts till a decision is obtained.

Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection [3]

No man is likely to accomplish much who moodily indulges a desponding view of his own capacities. By God's help the weakest of us may be strong, and it is the way to become so, to resolve never to give up a good work till we have tried our best to achieve it. To think nothing impossible is the privilege of faith. We deprecate the indolent cowardice of the man who always felt assured that every new enterprise would be too much for him, and therefore declined it; but we admire the pluck of the ploughman who was asked on his cross- examination if he could read Greek, .and replied he did not know, because he had never tried. Those Suffolk horses which will pull at a post till they drop are worth a thousand times as much as jibbing animals that run back as soon as ever the collar begins to press them.