Assart

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Assart A piece of land cleared of trees and bushes, and fitted for cultivation; a clearing.
    • Assart (Old Law) The act or offense of grubbing up trees and bushes, and thus destroying the thickets or coverts of a forest.
    • v. t Assart To grub up, as trees; to commit an assart upon; as, to assart land or trees.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • assart In English law, to grub up (trees and bushes); clear (wood-land).
    • n assart In English law: The act of grubbing up trees and bushes in a forest. A tree grubbed up by the roots. A piece of land cleared, as by grubbing. This act, as destroying thickets and coverts, was in some circumstances forbidden by law.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. essart, the grubbing up of trees, fr. essarter, to grub up or clear ground of bushes, shrubs, trees, etc., fr. LL. exartum, exartare, for exsaritare,; L. ex, + sarire, sarrire, saritum, to hoe, weed

Usage

In literature:

They have to assart their dignity, tother one's dignity don't want no assartin'.
"The Attache" by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
They have to assart their dignity, tother one's dignity don't want no assartin'.
"The Attache" by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
I have often seen needles, but bouldly assart That the needle in front of me there takes the pins!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
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