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AS. A word purely Latin. It has two significations. First, it signifies weight, and in this sense, the Roman as, is the same thing as the Roman pound, which was composed of twelve ounces. It was divided also into many other parts (as may be seen in the law, Servum de hoeredibus, Inst. Lib. xiii. Pandect,) viz. uncia, 1 ounce; sextans, 2 ounces; quodrans, 3 ounces; triens, 4 ounces quincunx, 5 ounces; semis, 6 ounces; septunx, 7 ounces; bes, 8 ounces, dodrans, 9 ounces; dextans, 10 ounces; deunx, 11 ounces.
     2. From this primitive and proper sense of the word another was derived: that namely of the totality of a thing, Solidum quid. Thus as signified the whole of an inheritance, so that an heir ex asse, was an heir of the whole inheritance. An heir ex triente, ex semisse, ex besse, or ex deunce, was an heir of one-third, one-half, two-thirds, or eleven-twelfths.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The ass, being the tallest of the company, marched up to the window and peeped in.
'What do I see?' replied the ass. 'Why, I see a table spread with all kinds of good things, and robbers sitting round it making merry.'
'Yes,' said the ass, 'if we could only get in'; so they consulted together how they should contrive to get the robbers out; and at last they hit upon a plan.
This frightened him dreadfully, and away he ran to the back door; but there the dog jumped up and bit him in the leg; and as he was crossing over the yard the ass kicked him; and the cock, who had been awakened by the noise, crowed with all his might.
Isabel McLeish - whose work is inspired by the natural world and rural locations such as her home in the Highlands - won first place, landing herself PS100 and a year's membership to the ASS.
"Everyone so used to ass shots and photoshopped Instagrams.
In [10], a method for the synthesis of the ASS of the MF was developed, and in [11] experimental studies of the ASS layout with a different number of compensating windings and MF sensors operating according to various control algorithms were carried out [8, 9].
Asked by Mr Mueller's lawyer, Gabe McFarland, if he touched her at any other point, Ms Swift replied: "He was busy grabbing my ass underneath my skirt.
Zimmer, that consider whether it is proper for courts to apply a two-part test in determining whether to award enhanced damages for willful infringement under 35 USC ASS 284.
BP Govinda, Vasudevan Baskaran, AB Subbaiah, Thoiba Singh, RP Singh, Asunta Lakra, Jasjeet Kaur and Elena Norman were other members of the team who seemed to have decided before hand that van Ass had to go.
and with a wet sock I proceeded to clean out her ass