An effort made, or exertion of body or mind, for the performance of anything; a trial; attempt; as, to make an essay to benefit a friend.
A composition treating of any particular subject; -- usually shorter and less methodical than a formal, finished treatise; as, an essay on the life and writings of Homer; an essay on fossils, or on commerce.
To exert one's power or faculties upon; to make an effort to perform; to attempt; to endeavor; to make experiment or trial of; to try.
A short literary composition on a single subject, usually presenting the personal view of the author
a multiparagraph explanation of an idea using a logical structure and sufficient specific, concrete detail so as to make the explanation valid to a reader. An essay has a main, or central, idea (known as a thesis), usually, but not always, at or near the beginning of the essay (in the introduction). An academic essay at the first-year level should have at least five paragraphs and should sustain development of its main idea (thesis) within the range of 500-700 words. Click here for an example Essay One written by a student.
a persuasive piece written to formally present information, defend a position, or accomplish various other specific tasks. Essays are generally written to demonstrate knowledge and expertise in a subject area. Most essays follow the "standard introduction, several body paragraphs, and a conclusion" format. The topic sentence is clearly stated in the introduction and the main idea is revisited in the conclusion.
a relatively brief literary composition, usually in prose, giving the author's views on a particular topic.
A short literary composition on a particular subject or theme, generally interpretive, analytic, or speculative. It may present the personal views of the author. It is less formal than an academic dissertation. As one editor once explained, "If it has a lot of facts in it, then it's an article. If it doesn't have a lot of facts in it, then it's an essay." See also FEATURE NON FICTION PROSE
A brief piece of nonfiction writing on a single topic in which a writer typically states the thesis in the introduction, develops several points in support of that thesis, and concludes.
An essay is a short nonfiction work about a particular subject. A descriptive essay conveys an impression about a person, place, or object. A narrative essay tells a true story. An expository essay gives information, discusses ideas, or explains a process. A persuasive essay tries to convince readers to do something or to accept a writer's point of view.
An essay is an extended piece of writing that answers a specific question. Its length may vary between 1,000 and 5,000 words, depending on your level of study; essays get longer as you progress through your program. More about essay writing.
A short written work on a topic.
short non-fiction written piece; a short analytical and descriptive piece of writing dealing with a particular topic, especially from a personal viewpoint.
n. any rather brief, loosely organized piece of prose writing, personal and informal in style, which undertakes to inform, persuade, or entertain its reader. Thus, the essay admits a wide variety of subject, purpose, tone, and style.
a literary composition on any subject. Some essays are descrip- tive or narrative, but in an academic setting most are expository (explanatory) or argumentative.
an analytic or interpretive literary composition
a tentative attempt
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"
a brief prose composition in which the writer expresses his/her opinion about a limited subject
a complex, useful tool for expressing opinion, arguing a point, or even explaining a concept,
a composition organized around a thesis or hypothesis
a discussion of a topic from an author's personal point of view, as influenced by subjective experience and personal reflection
a fantastic way to demonstrate to an admissions committee that you are passionate about a subject - for example if you want to write about "save the whales" or your involvement in a particular cause
a focused piece of writing about a single topic
a formal piece of writing, however, in which colloquialisms and contractions are not appropriate
a form of communication, so explain your position as a clearly and cogently as possible and write legibly
a form of composition in which the writer analyzes or interprets a subject, usually involving the personal interpretation of the writer
a form of literature in which the writer tries to entertain the reader with his thoughts on a particular subject
a form of writing usually broken down into three, four, five, or more paragraphs that express your opinion about a given subject
a group of paragraphs that support a main point, or thesis
a literary composition that expresses a certain idea, claim, or concept and backs it up with supporting statements
a medium of writing which enables the author to express observations, feelings, and opinions about a subject of his choice in a concise and informal format
an analytical or interpretive composition which deals with a subject from a
an arguement, so you will be advancing/advocating a particular position, but this position has to be well argued and supported
an attempt to answer a question
an attempt to put forward a case, develop an argument, and explore ideas
an experiment or exploration in writing
an extended argument for a position or strategy, in discussion of a question or a statement
an extended argument in support of a thesis
an extended argument supporting a thesis
an extended work of prose composed to explore or examine an idea
a piece of continuous prose addressing the requirements of its title
a piece of expository prose developed, in both level of detail and organization, to convey directly a message or information to the audience
a piece of formal academic writing, and should be written in complete, formal sentences
a piece of formal written composition
a piece of non-fiction prose that presents the reader with food for thought or information
a piece of serious writing, similar to what we see in journalism, or as articles in magazines where columnists make a good living this way, under contract to provide a--daily, weekly, or monthly--piece for a particular publication
a piece of writing about a particular topic
a piece of writing in which the student discusses, describes and analyses a particular subject
a piece of writing in which we may narrate, describe, explain, compare/contrast, or argue about a
a piece of writing that enacts or reveals the process of understanding or exploring any topic sufficiently important and interesting to deserve the attention of the OOPSLA community
a piece of writing that makes a point
a piece of writing that proves a point
a piece of writing with the writer's own ideas on any topic generally addressing one subject or even a specific aspect of this subject
a relatively short piece of writing dealing with any one subject
a short composition that deals with a subject from a personal point of view
a short exposition on a single topic, usually presenting the
a short work of authorship
a short writing from a pastor or worship leader with a topic designed to engage the mind and encourage discussion
a short written communication of your ideas about a certain topic
a structured sequence of paragraphs leading the reader from a premise, through an argument, to a conclusion
a substantial piece of writing, which develops a balanced argument mapped around a set of issues raised by a particular question
a way of thinking about a topic that is different than simply talking about it
a work of literary art which has a minimum of one anecdote and one universal idea
a written argument made to prove a specific position or point of view about a historical event
a written argument which consists of an introduction, a statement of a thesis, support for that
a written composition in which you express your thoughts and feelings on a specific topic
a written exposition or elaboration of your view on a particular topic, subject or issue
A brief work of nonfiction that offers an opinion on a subject. The purpose of an essay may be to express ideas and feelings, to analyze, to inform, to entertain, or to persuade. An essay can be formal, with thorough, serious, and highly organized content; or informal, with a humorous or personal tone and less rigid structure. See Exposition
A short work that treats of a topic from an author's personal point of view, often taking into account subjective experiences and personal reflections upon them. Essays can be formal or informal, but usually take a position, or make an argument, about a focused subject.
A group of paragraphs telling facts about one main idea
A piece of prose writing, usually short, that deals with a subject in a limited way and expresses a particular point of view.
A group of paragraphs presenting facts and analysis about one main idea.
A short article on a single subject written from the author's personal viewpoint.
is a relatively short prose composition on a limited topic. Most essays are 500 to 1,000 words long and focus on a clearly definable question to be answered or problem to be solved. Formal essay s, such as Neil Bissoondath's "Pieces of Sky," are general ly characterized by seriousness of purpose, logical organization, and dignity of language; informal essay s, such as Drew Hayden Taylor's "Pretty Like a White Boy," are general ly brief, humorous, and more loosely structured. Essay s in this textbook have been divided into nine traditional rhetorical types, each of which is discussed at length in its chapter introduction. Etymology
Essay is a relatively short prose composition on a limited topic. Most essays are 500 to 1,000 words long and focus on a clearly definable question to be answered or problem to be solved. Formal essays, such as Janice Gross Stein's "Developing a National Voice," are generally characterized by seriousness of purpose, logical organization, and dignity of language; informal essays, such as Drew Hayden Taylor's "Pretty Like a White Boy: The Adventures of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway," are generally brief, humorous, and more loosely structured. Essays in this textbook have been divided into nine traditional rhetorical types, each of which is discussed at length in its chapter introduction.
Assignment consisting of an extended piece of writing. May put forward an argument and draw conclusions.
a usu. short piece of writing on a particular subject, esp. as part of a course of study
A short literary composition dealing with a single subject usually written from the personal point of view of its author who may not attempt completeness. Essays are often published in collected works.
A short piece of writing on a particular subject, usually expressing the writer's personal views.
The second and central part of most PLA submissions, the essay is an orderly written account of the student's mastery of a subject. The essay consists of five parts: the introduction, the quantified sources of learning, the expository discussion of competencies, the conclusion and the credit rationale or statement of course equivalency.
(es'a) n. a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject. return
Essays are documents that involve discussion of concepts or topics. Essays are different from reports in that they are informal in nature, and allow you to express your own thoughts and feelings more extensively. When writing essays you should be particularly careful if commenting on ideas or quotes developed by other people. If you do discuss an idea not developed by yourself you must reference it. Should you fail to reference the resources you have used you may be accused of committing plagiarism.
A short writing that explains an insight, and may also argue a disputable claim. It may, or may not, be based on the writer's personal experience. Its thesis is often (but not always) expressly stated .
A composition of moderate length on any subject where coverage of the topic is not complete or is limited in range.
literally a "trial," "test run," or "experiment" (from the French essayer, "to attempt"); hence a relatively short, informal piece of non-fiction prose that treats a topic of general interest in a seemingly casual, impressionistic, and lively way. Montaigne was the great originator of the form; Emerson was its most influential 19th-century American practitioner.
An essay is a short work of writing that treats a topic from an author's personal point of view. Essays are non-fictional but often subjective; while expository, they can also include narrative. Essays can be literary criticism, political manifestos, learned arguments, observations of daily life, recollections, and reflections of the author.