• WordNet 3.6
    • n assignment the act of putting a person into a non-elective position "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"
    • n assignment the act of distributing something to designated places or persons "the first task is the assignment of an address to each datum"
    • n assignment a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces) "hazardous duty"
    • n assignment an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor)
    • n assignment the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another
    • n assignment (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the 13th century, quality standards for paste were assigned by the Pope
    • Assignment (Law) A transfer of title or interest by writing, as of lease, bond, note, or bill of exchange; a transfer of the whole of some particular estate or interest in lands.
    • Assignment An allotting or an appointment to a particular person or use; or for a particular time, as of a cause or causes in court.
    • Assignment (Law) The transfer of the property of a bankrupt to certain persons called assignees, in whom it is vested for the benefit of creditors.
    • Assignment (Law) The writing by which an interest is transferred.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the 1940s, the FCC assigned television's Channel 1 to mobile Services(two-way radios in taxicabs, for instance) but did not re-number theotherchannel assignments. That is why your TV set has channels 2 and up, butnochannel 1.
    • n assignment The act of apportioning or allotting; allotment.
    • n assignment The act of setting apart, appointing, designating, or specifying.
    • n assignment That which has been assigned, as a particular task or duty.
    • n assignment Specifically, in law: The transference of a right or an interest. See assign, v., 6
    • n assignment A pointing out or setting forth: as, the assignment of error.
    • n assignment The writing by which an interest is transferred.
    • n assignment An allotment, allowance, or pension; a sum allowed.
    • n assignment Formerly, in Australia, the allotting of convicts as unpaid servants to colonists, in order to relieve the authorities of the expense of the convict establishments.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first nation to ally with the USA during the Persian Gulf war was Canada. However, their soldiers were deemed unfit for combat and assigned to guard duty.
    • Assignment act of assigning: anything assigned: the writing by which a transfer is made:
    • Assignment (Spens.) design
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  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “We trifle when we assign limits to our desires, since nature hath set none.”
  • Jan Patocka
    Jan Patocka
    “The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Do that which is assigned to you and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Whatever the universal nature assigns to any man at any time is for the good of that man at that time.”
  • Quentin Crisp
    “Is not the whole world a vast house of assignation of which the filing system has been lost?”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Goals should be SMART: S = Specific M = Measurable A = Assignable (who does what) R = Realistic T = Time-Related”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. assignamentum,: cf. OF. assenement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. assignāre, to mark out—ad, to, signum, a mark or sign.


In literature:

James Mitchell was assigned to it, and Rev.
"Thirty Years in the Itinerancy" by Wesson Gage Miller
All the trees in Japon are assigned to the king; and no one may cut them without his permission.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by E. H. Blair
I had a good record, and besides, as I did not drink, the Adjutant had assigned me to the officers' mess.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
I don't commit myself to anything by going to an assignation.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
Patches was assigned to the work of fenceriding.
"When A Man's A Man" by Harold Bell Wright
The situation just mentioned is nearly the same that Mr Dalrymple assigns for the S.W.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
Disposition of companies in sector assigned (best done by sketch showing sectors assigned to companies).
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
As regards the welfare of the Christians in Asia Minor, the Treaty of Berlin assigned equal responsibilities to all the signatory Powers.
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose
From 34 to 31 ounces have been assigned by different writers.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
The principal churches were assigned them; and that of St Laurence in Damaso was allotted to Xavier.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)" by John Dryden

In poetry:

No task, to human hands assigned,
Excels in force and weight
The grave responsibilities
Of those who educate.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
Sure there are Charms by Heav'n assign'd
To modish Life alone,
A Grace, an Air, a Taste refin'd,
To vulgar Souls unknown.
"The Birth Of Fashion, A Specimen Of A Modern Ode" by Christopher Anstey
Oh, late withdrawn from human-kind
And following dreams we never knew!
Varus, what dream has Fate assigned
To trouble you?
"The Portent" by Rudyard Kipling
Now names to these four streams assign,
And then connect the same;
And instant on the page will shine
A holy martyr's name;
"Enigma XLVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
You know my life is incomplete, O far-off faint Ideal!
When shall I reach you from a depth of darkness which is real?
So I may mingle, soul in soul, with her that Heaven assigned me;
So she may lean upon my love, the Girl I left behind me.
"The Girl I Left Behind Me" by Henry Kendall
WAKEN not Amor from sleep! The beauteous urchin still slumbers;
Go, and complete thou the task, that to the day is assign'd!
Thus doth the prudent mother with care turn time to her profit,
While her babe is asleep, for 'twill awake but too soon.
"Warning" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

The 35 members of the Arkansas Senate elected their leadership and chose committee assignments for the 89th General Assembly, which begins on Jan 14 when the 2013 regular session convenes.
The cartoonist took on the assignment of reporting live on his Super Bowl XLVI experience.
As camp started this weekend, Derek Stepan took center stage, assigned to the team's top line with Marian Gaborik and Alexander Frolov for the Rangers' first scrimmage.
State Sen Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove), was named Chairman of the Senate State Institutions and Property Committee for the 2011-2012 term by the Committee on Assignments.
BPS is developing an improved student assignment plan and we want your input.
Diane Crawford of WeDriveU chauffeurs , on assignment for Avis to ferry Eric Berkman, an executive at Grubb & Ellis, around New York.
The Chone Figgins era — a three-year period of unmet expectations, mutual frustration and lack of production — came to an end in Seattle on Tuesday night when the Mariners designated him for assignment.
The Chone Figgins era – a three-year period of unmet expectations, mutual frustration and lack of production – came to an end in Seattle on Tuesday night, when the Mariners designated him for assignment.
Tim Lawson, a landscape artist, contemplates a painting in his studio in Maine, where he worked on what he has called the 'biggest assignment' of my life.
SAN FRANCISCO- Citron Haligman Bedecarrƒ has been awarded a national creative assignment for home electronics chain The Good Guys, after an informal review.
Performs the most technical and complex tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.
Class assignments are nearly impossible to complete in this day and age without sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time.
Ex-Tiger Clete Thomas clears waivers, assigned to Minnesota Twins' Triple-A affiliate.
The Minnesota Twins claimed outfielder Erik Komatsu off waivers from the St Louis Cardinals and designated outfielder Clete Thomas for assignment on Friday, May 4.
Even without a staffing agency, most locums still need the services of an accountant, a lawyer or other professionals, and finding assignments can take effort.

In science:

We show (Theorem 2) that for any two given assignments A, B at sufficiently large Hamming distance, with probability 1−o(1) A, B are O(log n)connected (conditional on being satisfying assignments).
Geometric properties of satisfying assignments of random $\epsilon$-1-in-k SAT
Definition 2 The overlap of two assignments A and B for a formula Φ on n variables, denoted by overlap(A, B ), is the fraction of variables on which the two assignments agree.
Geometric properties of satisfying assignments of random $\epsilon$-1-in-k SAT
In other words, every single pair of assignments is likely to be O(log n)connected, conditional on being a pair of satisfying assignments, and being far enough.
Geometric properties of satisfying assignments of random $\epsilon$-1-in-k SAT
We next consider an alternative approach to characterizing the geometry of satisfying assignments of 1-in-k SAT by studying the existence of holes inbetween such assignments.
Geometric properties of satisfying assignments of random $\epsilon$-1-in-k SAT
For two assignments A, B of overlap i to be satisfying assignments of a formula Φ, all clauses of Φ must fall into one of the following two categories: 1.
Geometric properties of satisfying assignments of random $\epsilon$-1-in-k SAT