• To attempt; to endeavour. Followed by infinitive.
  • To divide; to separate.
  • To test, to work out.
  • To experiment, to strive.
  • To lie to in heavy weather under just sufficient sail to head into the wind.
  • To strain; to subject to excessive tests.
  • To want




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  • From Middle English trien, from Anglo-Norman trier, Old French trier, of uncertain origin. It is probably related to Italian tritare (see also French trier). Alternatively, believed to be a metathetic variation of Old French tirer, from Gothic 𐍄𐌹𐍂𐌰𐌽, from Proto-Germanic *teraną, from Proto-Indo-European *der-, see tear. Related to Occitan triar, although the Occitan verb could also be a borrowing from French. Alternatively or by confluence, the Old French is from Gallo-Roman Vulgar Latin *triare, of unknown origin.
  • Replaced native Middle English cunnen (from Old English cunnian), Middle English fandien (from Old English fandian), and Middle English costnien (from Old English costnian).
  • Probably from Old French trié.

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