Assart


Assart
The grubbing up of trees and scrub, thus the turning of waste and woodland into cropland or pasture. Such land was also known as terra nova = new land. It was a serious offence to assart lands within a forest without a licence, forests being largely reserved for royal hunting. [< OldFr. assarter = to grub up trees]

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  • Assart — As*sart , v. t. To grub up, as trees; to commit an assart upon; as, to assart land or trees. Ashmole. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Assart — As*sart ([a^]s*s[aum]rt ), n. [OF. essart the grubbing up of trees, fr. essarter to grub up or clear ground of bushes, shrubs, trees, etc., fr. LL. exartum, exartare, for exsaritare; L. ex + sarire, sarrire, saritum, to hoe, weed.] 1. (Old Law)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Assart — To turn woodlands into pasture or cropland. To assart lands within a forest with out license is a grave offence. 1) Land cleared for use in arable farming. (Bennett, Judith M. Women in the Medieval English Countryside, 233) 2) Tract of wasteland… …   Medieval glossary

  • assart — /asart/ In English law, the offense committed in the forest, by pulling up the trees by the roots that are thickets and coverts for deer, and making the ground plain as arable land. It differs from waste, in that waste is the cutting down of… …   Black's law dictionary

  • assart — /asart/ In English law, the offense committed in the forest, by pulling up the trees by the roots that are thickets and coverts for deer, and making the ground plain as arable land. It differs from waste, in that waste is the cutting down of… …   Black's law dictionary

  • assart — 1. noun Forest land cleared for agriculture. 2. verb To clear forest land for agriculture; remove stumps …   Wiktionary

  • assart — as·sart …   English syllables

  • assart —   v.t. Law, make arable by clearing trees, etc.; n. land so treated; action of assarting …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • assart — To root up trees; to deforest land; the land so deforested …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • assart — …   Useful english dictionary


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