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 for ass
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ass \Ass\, n. [OE. asse, AS. assa; akin to Icel. asni, W. asen,
     asyn, L. asinus, dim. aselus, Gr. ?; also to AS. esol, OHG.
     esil, G. esel, Goth. asilus, Dan. [ae]sel, Lith. asilas,
     Bohem. osel, Pol. osiel. The word is prob. of Semitic origin;
     cf. Heb. ath?n she ass. Cf. Ease.]
     Equus+({Equus+asinus">1. (Zool.) 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.
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     2. A dull, heavy, stupid fellow; a dolt. --Shak.
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     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.
     To make an ass of one's self, to do or say something very
        foolish or absurd.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Butt \Butt\, But \But\, n. [F. but butt, aim (cf. butte knoll),
     or bout, OF. bot, end, extremity, fr. boter, buter, to push,
     butt, strike, F. bouter; of German origin; cf. OHG. b[=o]zan,
     akin to E. beat. See Beat, v. t.]
     1. A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end.
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              Here is my journey's end, here my butt
              And very sea mark of my utmost sail.  --Shak.
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     Note: As applied to land, the word is nearly synonymous with
           mete, and signifies properly the end line or boundary;
           the abuttal.
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     2. The larger or thicker end of anything; the blunt end, in
        distinction from the sharp end; as, the butt of a rifle.
        Formerly also spelled but. See 2nd but, n. sense 2.
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     3. A mark to be shot at; a target. --Sir W. Scott.
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              The groom his fellow groom at butts defies,
              And bends his bow, and levels with his eyes.
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     4. A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed;
        as, the butt of the company.
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              I played a sentence or two at my butt, which I
              thought very smart.                   --Addison.
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     5. A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head of an
        animal; as, the butt of a ram.
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     6. A thrust in fencing.
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              To prove who gave the fairer butt,
              John shows the chalk on Robert's coat. --Prior.
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     7. A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field.
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              The hay was growing upon headlands and butts in
              cornfields.                           --Burrill.
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     8. (Mech.)
        (a) A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely
            together without scarfing or chamfering; -- also
            called butt joint.
        (b) The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to
            which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and
        (c) The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of
            a hose.
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     9. (Shipbuilding) The joint where two planks in a strake
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     10. (Carp.) A kind of hinge used in hanging doors, etc.; --
         so named because fastened on the edge of the door, which
         butts against the casing, instead of on its face, like
         the strap hinge; also called butt hinge.
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     11. (Leather Trade) The thickest and stoutest part of tanned
         oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
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     12. The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the
         targets in rifle practice.
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     13. The buttocks; as, get up off your butt and get to work;
         -- used as a euphemism, less objectionable than ass.
     Syn: ass, rear end, derriere, behind, rump, heinie.
     Butt chain (Saddlery), a short chain attached to the end of
        a tug.
     Butt end. The thicker end of anything. See But end, under
        2d But.
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              Amen; and make me die a good old man!
              That's the butt end of a mother's blessing. --Shak.
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     A butt's length, the ordinary distance from the place of
        shooting to the butt, or mark.
     Butts and bounds (Conveyancing), abuttals and boundaries.
        In lands of the ordinary rectangular shape, butts are the
        lines at the ends (F. bouts), and bounds are those on the
        sides, or sidings, as they were formerly termed.
     Bead and butt. See under Bead.
     Butt and butt, joining end to end without overlapping, as
     Butt weld (Mech.), a butt joint, made by welding together
        the flat ends, or edges, of a piece of iron or steel, or
        of separate pieces, without having them overlap. See
     Full butt, headfirst with full force. [Colloq.] "The
        corporal . . . ran full butt at the lieutenant."
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he
           deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on
           your fanny and do nothing?" [syn: buttocks, nates,
           arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can,
           fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister,
           posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern,
           seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom,
           behind, derriere, fanny, ass]
      2: a pompous fool
      3: hardy and sure-footed animal smaller and with longer ears
         than the horse
      4: slang for sexual intercourse [syn: fuck, fucking,
         screw, screwing, ass, nooky, nookie, piece of
         ass, piece of tail, roll in the hay, shag, shtup]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  128 Moby Thesaurus words for "ass":
     Rocky Mountain canary, Siberian husky, act of love, adultery,
     aphrodisia, arse, balling, beast of burden, bigot, bitter-ender,
     born fool, buffoon, bullethead, bum, burro, camel, can,
     carnal knowledge, cheeks, climax, clown, cohabitation, coition,
     coitus, coitus interruptus, commerce, congress, connection,
     coupling, cuddy, dickey, diddling, diehard, dogmatist, donkey,
     doodle, draft animal, dromedary, egregious ass, elephant, fanatic,
     fanny, figure of fun, fool, fornication, hardnose, horse,
     hot number, husky, ignoramus, intercourse, intimacy, intransigeant,
     intransigent, jack, jackass, jennet, jenny, jenny ass, keister,
     last-ditcher, llama, lovemaking, lunatic, making it with, malamute,
     marital relations, marriage act, mating, maverick, meat, milksop,
     mooncalf, mule, neddy, onanism, orgasm, ovum, ox, pack horse,
     pareunia, perfect fool, perverse fool, piece, piece of ass,
     piece of meat, pighead, positivist, prat, procreation, purist,
     reindeer, relations, rusty-dusty, schmuck, screwing, sex, sex act,
     sex goddess, sex object, sex queen, sexual climax, sexual commerce,
     sexual congress, sexual intercourse, sexual relations,
     sexual union, sledge dog, sleeping with, softhead, sop, sperm,
     standpat, standpatter, stern, stickler, stud, stupid ass, sumpter,
     sumpter horse, sumpter mule, tail, tomfool, tuchis, tush, tushy,
     venery, zany

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     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").

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  ASS, n.  A public singer with a good voice but no ear.  In Virginia
  City, Nevada, he is called the Washoe Canary, in Dakota, the Senator,
  and everywhere the Donkey.  The animal is widely and variously
  celebrated in the literature, art and religion of every age and
  country; no other so engages and fires the human imagination as this
  noble vertebrate.  Indeed, it is doubted by some (Ramasilus, _lib.
  II., De Clem._, and C. Stantatus, _De Temperamente_) if it is not a
  god; and as such we know it was worshiped by the Etruscans, and, if we
  may believe Macrobious, by the Cupasians also.  Of the only two
  animals admitted into the Mahometan Paradise along with the souls of
  men, the ass that carried Balaam is one, the dog of the Seven Sleepers
  the other.  This is no small distinction.  From what has been written
  about this beast might be compiled a library of great splendor and
  magnitude, rivalling that of the Shakespearean cult, and that which
  clusters about the Bible.  It may be said, generally, that all
  literature is more or less Asinine.
      "Hail, holy Ass!" the quiring angels sing;
      "Priest of Unreason, and of Discords King!"
      Great co-Creator, let Thy glory shine:
      God made all else, the Mule, the Mule is thine!"

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