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asses1

[as-iz] /ˈæs ɪz/
noun
1.
plural of ass1 .

asses2

[as-iz] /ˈæs ɪz/
noun
1.
plural of as2 .

ass1

[as] /æs/
noun
1.
a long-eared, slow, patient, sure-footed domesticated mammal, Equus asinus, related to the horse, used chiefly as a beast of burden.
2.
any wild species of the genus Equus, as the onager.
3.
a stupid, foolish, or stubborn person.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English asse, Old English assa, probably hypocoristic form based on Old Irish asan < Latin asinus; akin to Greek ónos ass
Related forms
asslike, adjective

asse

[as] /æs/
noun
1.

as2

[as] /æs/
noun, plural asses
[as-iz] /ˈæs ɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a copper coin and early monetary unit of ancient Rome, originally having a nominal weight of a pound of 12 ounces: discontinued c80 b.c.
2.
a unit of weight equal to 12 ounces.
Origin
1595-1605; < Latin

ass2

[as] /æs/
noun, Vulgar.
1.
the buttocks.
2.
the rectum.
3.
Slang. sexual intercourse.
Origin
before 1000; var of arse, with loss of r before s, as in passel, cuss, etc.; Middle English ars, er(e)s, Old English ærs, ears; cognate with Old Frisian ers, Dutch aars, Old Norse, Middle Low German, Old Saxon, Old High German ars (German Arsch), Greek órrhos, Armenian or̄kh, Hittite arras; akin to Greek ourā́, Old Irish err tail
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British Dictionary definitions for asses

as1

/æz; unstressed əz/
conjunction (subordinating)
1.
(often preceded by just) while; when; at the time that: he caught me as I was leaving
2.
in the way that: dancing as only she can
3.
that which; what: I did as I was told
4.
(of) which fact, event, etc (referring to the previous statement): to become wise, as we all know, is not easy
5.
as it were, in a way; so to speak; as if it were really so
6.
as you were
  1. a military command to withdraw an order, return to the previous position, etc
  2. a statement to withdraw something just said
7.
since; seeing that: as you're in charge here, you'd better tell me where to wait
8.
in the same way that: he died of cancer, as his father had done
9.
in spite of the extent to which: intelligent as you are, I suspect you will fail
10.
for instance: capital cities, as London
adverb, conjunction
11.
  1. used correlatively before an adjective or adverb and before a noun phrase or a clause to indicate identity of extent, amount, etc: she is as heavy as her sister, she is as heavy now as she used to be
  2. used with this sense after a noun phrase introduced by the same: she is the same height as her sister
preposition
12.
in the role of; being: as his friend, I am probably biased
13.
as for, as to, with reference to: as for my past, I'm not telling you anything
14.
(formal) as from, as of, (in expressions of time) from: fares on all routes will rise as from January 11
15.
as if, as though, as it would be if: he talked as if he knew all about it
16.
as is, as it is, in the existing state of affairs: as it is, I shall have difficulty finishing all this work, without any more
17.
as per, See per (sense 3)
18.
as regards, See regard (sense 6)
19.
as such, See such (sense 3)
20.
such as, See such (sense 5)
21.
as was, in a previous state
22.
as well, See well1 (sense 13)
23.
as yet, up to now; so far: I have received no compensation as yet
Word Origin
Old English alswā likewise; see also

as2

/æs/
noun
1.
an ancient Roman unit of weight approximately equal to 1 pound troy (373 grams)
2.
the standard monetary unit and copper coin of ancient Rome
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ās unity, probably of Etruscan origin

as3

abbreviation
1.
American Samoa

As

symbol
1.
(chem) arsenic
2.
altostratus

AS

abbreviation
1.
Also A.S.. Anglo-Saxon
2.
antisubmarine
3.
Australian Standards

ass1

/æs/
noun
1.
either of two perissodactyl mammals of the horse family (Equidae), Equus asinus (African wild ass) or E. hemionus (Asiatic wild ass). They are hardy and sure-footed, having longer ears than the horse related adjective asinine
2.
(not in technical use) the domesticated variety of the African wild ass; donkey
3.
a foolish or ridiculously pompous person
4.
(Irish, informal) not within an ass's roar of, not close to obtaining, winning, etc: she wasn't within an ass's roar of it
Word Origin
Old English assa, probably from Old Irish asan, from Latin asinus; related to Greek onos ass

ass2

/æs/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian, slang) the buttocks
2.
(mainly US & Canadian, slang) the anus
3.
(mainly US & Canadian, offensive, slang) sexual intercourse or a woman considered sexually (esp in the phrase piece of ass)
4.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) cover one's ass, to take such action as one considers necessary to avoid censure, ridicule, etc at a later time
Word Origin
Old English ærs; see arse
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Word Origin and History for asses

as

adv.

c.1200, worn-down form of Old English alswa "quite so" (see also), fully established by c.1400. Equivalent to so; any distinction in use is purely idiomatic. Related to German als "as, than," from Middle High German also. Phrase as well "just as much" is recorded from late 15c.; the phrase also can imply "as well as not," "as well as anything else." Interjection of incredulity as if! (i.e. "as if that really could happen") is attested from 1995, an exact duplication of Latin quasi.

ass

n.

beast of burden, Old English assa (Old Northumbrian assal, assald) "he-ass," probably from Old Celtic *as(s)in "donkey," which (with German esel, Gothic asilus, Lithuanian asilas, Old Church Slavonic osl) ultimately is from Latin asinus, which is probably of Middle Eastern origin (cf. Sumerian ansu).

For al schal deie and al schal passe, Als wel a Leoun as an asse. [John Gower, "Confessio Amantis," 1393]
Since ancient Greek times, in fables and parables, the animal typified clumsiness and stupidity (hence asshead, late 15c., etc.). To make an ass of oneself is from 1580s. Asses' Bridge (c.1780), from Latin Pons Asinorum, is fifth proposition of first book of Euclid's "Elements." In Middle English, someone uncomprehending or unappreciative would be lik an asse that listeth on a harpe. In 15c., an ass man was a donkey driver.

slang for "backside," first attested 1860 in nautical slang, in popular use from 1930; chiefly U.S.; from dialectal variant pronunciation of arse (q.v.). The loss of -r- before -s- attested in several other words (e.g. burst/bust, curse/cuss, horse/hoss, barse/bass). Indirect evidence of the change from arse to ass can be traced to 1785 (in euphemistic avoidance of ass "donkey" by polite speakers) and perhaps to Shakespeare, if Nick Bottom transformed into a donkey in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1594) is the word-play some think it is. Meaning "woman regarded as a sexual object" is from 1942. Colloquial (one's) ass "one's self, one's person" attested by 1958.

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asses in Medicine

As
The symbol for the element arsenic.

AS abbr.
Latin auris sinistra (left ear)

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asses in Science
As  
The symbol for arsenic.
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Slang definitions & phrases for asses

ass

noun
  1. The buttocks; posterior; butt: a kick in the ass
  2. The anus; asshole: You can take it and shove it up your ass
  3. A person regarded solely as a sex partner or target; tail: She looks like good ass
  4. Sexual activity; sexual gratification: He was out looking for ass
  5. The whole self; the person •Used for emphasis and euphony: Get your ass out of here pronto/ I'm out in Kansas for the first time, my ass drafted
Related Terms

one's ass is dragging, someone's ass is on the line, bag ass, barrel ass, bet your boots, burn someone's ass, bust one's ass, candy ass, candy-assed, chew someone's ass, cold as hell, cover one's ass, deadass, drag ass, drag one's tail, dumb-ass, fall on one's ass, flat-ass, flat on one's ass, get one's ass in gear, get one's head out of one's ass, get off one's ass, get the lead out, give someone a pain, go pound salt, gripe one's ass, one has had it, haul ass, have a bug up one's ass, have someone's ass, have one's ass in a sling, have one's head pulled, have one's head up one's ass, have lead in one's pants, one's head is up one's ass, horse's ass, in a pig's eye, jump through one's ass, kick ass, a kick in the ass, kiss my ass, kiss someone's ass, man with a paper ass, my ass, no skin off my ass, not have a hair on one's ass, not know one's ass from one's elbow, on one's ass, out on one's ass, a pain in the ass, piece of ass, pissy, pull something out of one's ass, put one's ass on the line, raggedy-ass, a rat's ass, ratty, shag ass, shit-ass, sit on one's ass, sit there with one's finger up one's ass, smart-ass, soft-ass, stand around with one's finger up one's ass, stick it, suck ass, tear off a piece, throw someone out on someone's ass, tired-ass, up the ass, up to one's ass in something, what's-his-name, wild-ass, work one's ass off


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Related Abbreviations for asses

as

Assamese

As

arsenic

AS

  1. air speed
  2. American Samoa
  3. Anglo-Saxon
  4. antisubmarine
  5. Associate in Science
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asses in the Bible

frequently mentioned throughout Scripture. Of the domesticated species we read of, (1.) The she ass (Heb. 'athon), so named from its slowness (Gen. 12:16; 45:23; Num. 22:23; 1 Sam. 9:3). (2.) The male ass (Heb. hamor), the common working ass of Western Asia, so called from its red colour. Issachar is compared to a strong ass (Gen. 49:14). It was forbidden to yoke together an ass and an ox in the plough (Deut. 22:10). (3.) The ass's colt (Heb. 'air), mentioned Judg. 10:4; 12:14. It is rendered "foal" in Gen. 32:15; 49:11. (Comp. Job 11:12; Isa. 30:6.) The ass is an unclean animal, because it does not chew the cud (Lev. 11:26. Comp. 2 Kings 6:25). Asses constituted a considerable portion of wealth in ancient times (Gen. 12:16; 30:43; 1 Chr. 27:30; Job 1:3; 42:12). They were noted for their spirit and their attachment to their master (Isa. 1:3). They are frequently spoken of as having been ridden upon, as by Abraham (Gen. 22:3), Balaam (Num. 22:21), the disobedient prophet (1 Kings 13:23), the family of Abdon the judge, seventy in number (Judg. 12:14), Zipporah (Ex. 4:20), the Shunammite (1 Sam. 25:30), etc. Zechariah (9:9) predicted our Lord's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, "riding upon an ass, and upon a colt," etc. (Matt. 21:5, R.V.). Of wild asses two species are noticed, (1) that called in Hebrew _'arod_, mentioned Job 39:5 and Dan. 5:21, noted for its swiftness; and (2) that called _pe're_, the wild ass of Asia (Job 39:6-8; 6:5; 11:12; Isa. 32:14; Jer. 2:24; 14:6, etc.). The wild ass was distinguished for its fleetness and its extreme shyness. In allusion to his mode of life, Ishmael is likened to a wild ass (Gen. 16:12. Here the word is simply rendered "wild" in the Authorized Version, but in the Revised Version, "wild-ass among men").

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Idioms and Phrases with asses
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