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Ass (&unr_;), n. [OE. asse, AS. assa; akin to Icel. asni, W. asen, asyn, L. asinus, dim. aselus, Gr. &unr_;; 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. ath&unr_;n she ass. Cf. Ease.] 1. (Zo&ö;l.) 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.
2. A dull, heavy, stupid fellow; a dolt. Shak.
Asses' Bridge. [L. pons asinorum.] The fifth proposition of the first book of Euclid, “The angles at the base of an isosceles triangle are equal to one another.” [Sportive] “A schoolboy, stammering out his Asses' Bridge.” F. Harrison. -- To make an ass of one's self, to do or say something very foolish or absurd.