attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try (verb)
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"
try, seek, attempt, essay, assay (verb)
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"
test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay (verb)
put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
"This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"
judge, adjudicate, try (verb)
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"
sample, try, try out, taste (verb)
take a sample of
"Try these new crackers"; "Sample the regional dishes"
hear, try (verb)
examine or hear (evidence or a case) by judicial process
"The jury had heard all the evidence"; "The case will be tried in California"
give pain or trouble to
"I've been sorely tried by these students"
try, strain, stress (verb)
test the limits of
"You are trying my patience!"
try, render (verb)
melt (fat or lard) in order to separate out impurities
"try the yak butter"; "render fat in a casserole"
try on, try (verb)
put on a garment in order to see whether it fits and looks nice
"Try on this sweater to see how it looks"
An act of tasting or sampling.
A score in rugby, analogous to a touchdown in American football.
To attempt. Followed by infinitive.
To separate (precious metal etc.) from the ore by melting; to purify, refine.
To make an experiment. Usually followed by a present participle.
To work on something.
To put to test.
To taste, sample, etc.
To put on trial.
To lie to in heavy weather under just sufficient sail to head into the wind.
A try is the major way of scoring points in rugby league and rugby union football. A try is scored by grounding the ball in the opposition's in-goal area. Rugby union and league differ slightly in defining 'grounding the ball' and the 'in-goal' area. The term try comes from try at goal, signifying that originally, grounding the ball only gave the opportunity to try to score with a kick at goal. A try is analogous to a touchdown in American and Canadian football, with the major difference being that a try requires the ball be simultaneously touching the ground in the in-goal area and an attacking player who is in the field of play or in-goal. In the laws of both forms of rugby, the term touch down formally refers only to grounding the ball by the defensive team in their in-goal. Although occasionally people refer to a try as a 'touchdown', the correct usage for the action is 'grounding the ball'.