ass

Definitions

  • The Ass in the Lion's Skin
    The Ass in the Lion's Skin
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ass slang for sexual intercourse
    • n ass hardy and sure-footed animal smaller and with longer ears than the horse
    • n ass the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on "he deserves a good kick in the butt","are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
    • n ass a pompous fool
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

The Cock, the Ass and the Lion The Cock, the Ass and the Lion
The Ass and the Sick Lion The Ass and the Sick Lion
Hans, Joseph and Three Asses Hans, Joseph and Three Asses
An ass in a lion's skin watches as animals and men stampede away from him An ass in a lion's skin watches as animals and men stampede away from him
A cock riding an ass A cock riding an ass
An ass chasing a lion out of a shed An ass chasing a lion out of a shed
HOW THE ASS BECAME A MAN AGAIN HOW THE ASS BECAME A MAN AGAIN
THE ASS EATING THISTLES THE ASS EATING THISTLES

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their asses.
    • Ass A dull, heavy, stupid fellow; a dolt.
    • Ass (Zoöl) A quadruped of the genus Equus Equus asinus), smaller than the horse, and having a peculiarly harsh bray and long ears. The tame or domestic ass is patient, slow, and sure-footed, and has become the type of obstinacy and stupidity. There are several species of wild asses which are swift-footed.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ass A solidungulate quadruped of the family Equidœ, the Equus asinus. This animal has long ears, a short maue, and a tail covered with long hairs at the end. It is usually ash-colored, with a black cross over the shoulders, formed by a longitudinal and a transverse dark streak. The tame or domestic ass is patient, and carries a heavy burden. It is slow, but very sure-footed, and for this reason very useful on rough, steep, and hilly ground. The ass is supposed to be a native of central Asia (by Darwin and others, of Abyssinia), where vast troops roam over the great deserts in a wild state. The wild ass is a fine fleet animal, and is accounted the noblest game in Persia, where its flesh is prized as venison is with us. The domesticated ass has become the type of obstinacy and stupidity. See jackass.
    • n ass Any wild species of the subgenus Asinus, as the dziggetai or hemione, onager, etc.
    • n ass A dull, heavy, stupid fellow; a dolt; a fool; a blockhead.
    • n ass A post in the bridge of a pulp-vat on which the mold is placed to drain.
    • n ass Ashes.
    • n ass A unit of weight in use in different parts of Germany until the adoption of the metric system. It was equal to 5 centigrams, or three quarters of a grain troy.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ass as a well-known quadruped of the horse family:
    • n Ass as (fig.) a dull, stupid fellow
    • ***

Quotations

  • William James
    William%20James
    “We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we can't tolerate.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “If an ass goes traveling it will not come home a horse.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream.”
  • Francis Picabia
    Francis%20Picabia
    “My ass contemplates those who talk behind my back.”
  • William Blake
    William%20Blake
    “The Goddess Fortune is the devil's servant, ready to kiss any one's ass.”
  • George Granville
    George Granville
    “Patience is the virtue of an ass, who treads beneath his burden and complains not.”

Idioms

Chaps my ass - When something/someone really annoys you, it chaps your ass.
***
Every ass likes to hear himself bray - This means that people like the sound of their own voice.
***
Pull numbers out of your ass - (USA) If sopmeone pulls numbers out of their ass, they give unreliable or unsubstantiated figures to back their argument.
***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. asse, AS. assa,; akin to Icel. asni, W. asen, asyn, L. asinus, dim. aselus, Gr. ; also to AS. esol, OHG. esil, G. esel, Goth. asilus, Dan. æsel, Lith. asilas, Bohem. osel, Pol. osiel,. The word is prob. of Semitic origin; cf. Heb. athn, she ass. Cf. Ease
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. assa, the earlier Teutonic form being esol, esil (Goth. asilus)—L. asinus; Gr. onos, ass. Perh. ult. of Semitic origin, as in Heb. āthōn, a she-ass.

Usage

In literature:

The Ass saw this, and thought that the Lion was running off through fear of him.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Tot prate kot yoost so much sense ass Reisen kot.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
Sancho, seeing him disappear in a wood nearby, steered his ass in the same direction.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Marye, quod he, ye haue made him to eate an holle asse!
"Shakespeare Jest-Books;" by Unknown
Mostly he is an utter ass.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
American Red Cross Ass'n.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Sloppy asses go to Oxford ... fellows like Mullally!
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
The ass brayed, the owl hooted, the ghost groaned.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
He wasn't going to be an ass, not if he could help it!
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
George Eliot remarked that the human mind takes absurdity as asses chew thistles.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
***

In poetry:

Professor Dewar
Is a better man than you are.
None of you asses
Can condense gases
"Clerihew – Dewar" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
On two asses I happened
Without duress or dole
They were there in the market,
A dam and her foal.
"Asses" by Padraic Colum
Then I think of the pair
Horses might not surpass
The dam and her foal,
The white ass and brown ass.
"Asses" by Padraic Colum
The noble and the base
Into thy pastures leap;
The lion and the stupid ass
Conspire to vex thy sheep.
"Psalm 83" by Isaac Watts
There kind was with kind
Like the flowers in the grasses
If the owner was fine,
As fine were her asses.
"Asses" by Padraic Colum
Such a dear!
Such an ass!
With such a knot inside him!
He regrets something that he remembers.
That's obvious.
"The Ass" by D H Lawrence

In news:

The evening's theme was sex, in honor of Erica T. Whose show this replaced and who requested a 'a good, ass-shaking set.
Apparently he called UMG a "weak ass label" for treating WZRD as a side project and not the real deal.
In front of a flapping American flag, screaming into the microphone, a hard-ass fireman from Southern California is angry.
My presence is a present, kiss my ass.
Perhaps I'm an anomaly ("perhaps," my ass), but I've recently concluded that making romantic-minded mix tapes and CDs is always an uncomfortable, if not completely humiliating, experience.
The Guns N' Roses singer, who granted VH1 Classic's 'That Metal Show' host Eddie Trunk an hour long interview on Sunday morning (Oct 30) at the ass crack of dawn, is reportedly suffering from both bronchitis and Montezuma 's Revenge.
Because I like raising awareness about Prostate Cancer as much as the next guy…but my inability to grow a beard, and ability to grow a bad ass mustache holds me back.
Changing apartments is (and we hate to be indelicate here) a complete ass-pain.
The "How I Met Your Mother" star told THR about the director he'd like to work with, and which TV show revival would be "kick-ass.".
I was in the court room of Judge Thomas LaCross when he told an elderly lady she was "a pain in the ass".
The North American Road Racing Ass'n has announced all but a few of its 2013 events featuring the US GT Championship, Viper ACR-X series, Whelen US TimeTrial Championship and the USDPE Solo and Education programs.
The laws of the market dictate that we should own your ass.
A few weeks ago, we told you about "Booty Pop Panties," the padded underwear that makes your ass look bigger.
Author of the up coming book An Angry Ass Black Woman Money.
I was in the bathroom stall at a taco shop and saw your racist dribble in La Prensa San Diego (the paper was being used as ass wipe, I guess).
***

In science:

Cassisi S., Castellani V., Degl’Innocenti S. & Weiss, A. 1998, A&ASS, 129, 267 Castellani V. ”Globular Clusters as a Test for Stellar Evolution”, in ”Globular Clusters”, ed. C.
Modern Stellar Evolution Models for Low Mass Stars
Let A be any cdga, and let us consider the category of (unbounded) associative differential graded A-algebras A − Ass (i.e. A − Ass is the category of monoids in the symmetric monoidal category A − M od, of (unbounded) dg-A-modules)4 .
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
Tod K.P. 1983 “Some examples of Penrose’s quasi-local m ass construction” Proc.
Close encounters of black holes
These objects are ass umed to have no proper motion and no overall global rotation – the quasars represent a quasi inertial system.
Formalism and quality of a proper motion link with extragalactic objects for astrometric satellite missions
To asses this effect, we have to calculate these vertex functions with insertions of A4 to A7 .
Corrections to Scaling in Random Resistor Networks and Diluted Continuous Spin Models near the Percolation Threshold
***