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popular name for several species of viperviper,
any of a large number of heavy-bodied, poisonous snakes of the family Viperidae, characterized by erectile, hypodermic fangs. The fangs are folded back against the roof of the mouth except when the snake strikes. Vipers are distributed throughout Eurasia and Africa.
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, one of which, the European asp (Vipera aspis), is native to S Europe. It is also a name for the Egyptian cobracobra,
name for African and Asian snakes of the family Elapidae that are equipped with inflatable neck hoods. The family also includes the African mambas, the Asian kraits, the New World coral snakes and a large number of Australian snakes.
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 (Naja haja). It is believed that the asp that tradition says Cleopatra used to commit suicide was either that cobra or the horned viper (Cerastes cornutus) of N Africa.
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African cobra (Naja haje), a poisonous snake of the genus Naja, family Elapidae. Length, up to 2.25 m. Its color varies from bright olive-yellow to completely black. The asp is found in the greater part of Africa, on the Arabian Peninsula, and in Syria. It feeds on rodents, lizards and other small vertebrates. The bite of the asp can be fatal to man.

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1. the venomous snake, probably Naja haje (Egyptian cobra), that caused the death of Cleopatra and was formerly used by the Pharaohs as a symbol of their power over life and death
2. a viper, Vipera aspis, that occurs in S Europe and is very similar to but smaller than the adder
3. horned asp another name for horned viper
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(1) (Application Service Provider) An organization that hosts software applications within its own facilities. Known as "cloud computing" and "software as a service" (SaaS), customers rent the use of the application and access it over the Internet or via a private line connection. Also called a "commercial service provider." The Web browser, acting as a universal client interface, has fueled this "on-demand software" market. See cloud computing, SaaS, Web application and service bureau.

(2) (Active Server Page) A Web server technology from Microsoft that allows for the creation of dynamic, interactive sessions with the user. An ASP is a Web page that contains HTML and embedded programming code written in VBScript or Jscript. It was introduced with Version 3.0 of Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS). When IIS encounters an ASP page requested by the browser, it executes the embedded program. ASPs are Microsoft's alternative to CGI scripts and JavaServer Pages (JSPs), which allow Web pages to interact with databases and other programs. Third-party products add ASP capability to non-Microsoft Web servers. The Active Server Page technology is an ISAPI program and ASP documents use an .ASP extension.

ASP.NET, also known as ASP+, is an enhanced version of ASP for the .NET platform. It supports executable programs compiled from C#, C++ and other languages and is not backward compatible with regular ASP code. ASP.NET pages are always compiled rather than interpreted as are ASP pages. See CGI script, JSP and ISAPI.

(3) (Association of Shareware Professionals, Muskegon, MI, A trade organization for shareware founded in 1987. Author members submit products to ASP, which are approved, virus checked and distributed monthly via CD to member vendors. CDs are periodically made available to the public.

(4) (Analog Signal Processing) Processing signals completely within the analog domain. Contrast with DSP.

(5) (Average Selling Price) The sum of all the prices of a group of products divided by the number of products used in the list.
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This commission is made up of Moroccan Al Montakhab Chief Editor and ASPA Vice-President Badreddine Idrissi, Head of Qatar's Al Raya newspaper and ASPA Vice-President Abdallah Taleb Al-Marii, chief Editor of Youth and Sports at TAP agency Zouhaier Ourimi and Mohamed Al Sheikh (Saudi Arabia).
The creation of the ASPA LGBT Advocacy Alliance Section sends a strong message to ASPA members and the public administration community at large that our organization is finally on the road to inclusiveness for all members, and LGBT persons and supporters are fully valued and integrated into ASPA.
Countries that are subject to sanctions under the ASPA and the Nethercutt amendment are those that are both parties to the ICC and that have not entered into an Article 98 agreement with the United States.
"We talked about the need for ASPA to be at the forefront of the equity issue and that a top priority would be to have an award to honor those individuals who've dedicated their service to that issue," said Rutledge, professor emeritus at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs and chairman of NAPA's Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance.
(As an aside, it's interesting to note that today, although ACIPA has been laid to rest, IASIA is still going strong under the leadership of ASPA member Allen Rosenbaum.)
In 1985, ASPA had its bill introduced in the state legislature.
In an interview on Wednesday, Mella's cousin, Mikhael Medilla, said he was walking home when he saw Aspa and Mella talking on T.
While chairing a Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, King Salman said the summit of Arab-South American Countries, better known by its Portuguese and Spanish acronym ASPA, would hopefully be a "grand success." On Monday, the foreign ministers of the participating countries held a consultative meeting to discuss topics on the agenda.
7 (BNA)-- State Minister for Information Affairs Sameera Ibrahim bin Rajab, the Government's Official Spokesperson, received today President of the Asian Sports Press Association (ASPA) Faisal Al Qenaei and Secretary General Yousef Barjewi.