Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section II. Prospective Volition
3. Precursory Measures

675. Essay.

   NOUN:ESSAY, trial, endeavor, attempt; aim, struggle, venture, adventure, speculation, coup d’essai [F.], début [F.]; probation (experiment) [See Experiment].
   VERB:TRY, essay; experiment [See Experiment]; endeavor, strive; tempt, attempt, make an attempt; venture, adventure, speculate, take one’s chance, tempt fortune; try one’s -fortune, – luck, – hand; use one’s endeavor; feel -, grope -, pick- one’s way.
  try hard, push, make a bold push, use one’s best endeavor; do one’s best (exertion) [See Exertion].
   ADJECTIVE:ESSAYING &c. v.; experimental [See Experiment]; tentative, empirical, problematic or problematical, probationary.
   ADVERB:EXPERIMENTALLY &c. adj.; on trial, at a venture; by rule of thumb.
  if one may be so bold.
  1. Aut non tentaris aut perfice.—Ovid
  2. Chi non s’arrischia non guadagna.
  3. I’ll try anything once.