from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In English law: The act of grubbing up trees and bushes in a forest. A tree grubbed up by the roots. A piece of land cleared, as by grubbing.
- In English law, to grub up (trees and bushes); clear (wood-land).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To grub up, as trees; to commit an assart upon.
- noun (Old Law) The act or offense of grubbing up trees and bushes, and thus destroying the thickets or coverts of a forest.
- noun A piece of land cleared of trees and bushes, and fitted for cultivation; a clearing.
- noun forest land cleared of woods and brush.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
Forest land clearedfor agriculture.
- verb To clear forest land for
agriculture; remove stumps.
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'Therefore, Father, it was no great surprise to us, some four days ago, when a lad from an assart west of us came running in haste to tell us how his father's cot and holding was laid waste, his family fled eastward, and how a Welsh raiding party was drinking its fill in what remained of his home, and boasting how it would disembowel the nunnery of Godric's Ford.
The news was surely making its way about the countryside by this time, from village to village and assart to manor round the shire, and no doubt men and women in the streets of Shrewsbury were busily allotting the blame to this one and that one, with Elis ap Cynan their favourite villain.
The thicker woodland opened out on the southern side of the track, letting light through the trees to enrich the grasses and wild ground plants below, and someone had chosen this favourable spot to cut out an assart for himself.
The first here were from an assart only cut from the woods a few years back, it was a godsend indeed to them.
Passing by at a smart trot the forester's assart near Chenet, with only a maidservant and two grooms in her train, and striking an elusive spark in Cadfael's memory.
From the forester's small assart among the trees it was possible to see the cleared grey of the track in broken glimpses between the old trunks, for the growth was close enough to keep the ground almost clear of underbrush.
Having had so little sleep they made no haste, but went steadily, and took whatever rests offered along the way, wherever a solitary assart provided the hospitality of a bench by the hearth, and a few minutes of neighbourly gossip in passing.
The cottage lay in a cleared assart in the forest, with a neat garden about it, and when Hyacinth reached it the door was standing open, and within the house a girl was singing softly to herself as she worked.
Brother Cadfael rode for Eilmund's assart in the middle of the afternoon, with the new crutches Brother Simon had cut to the forester's measure slung alongside, good, sturdy props to bear a solid weight.
The hermit's boy's come back to say you're needed at Eilmund's assart, and Father Abbot says take a horse and go quickly, and bring him back word how the forester does.