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Asser (ăsˈər), d. 909, Welsh clergyman, monk of St. David's Abbey, Pembrokeshire. He went c.884 to the court of King Alfred, helped Alfred learn Latin, and later was made a bishop. He is remembered for his biography of Alfred to 893, apparently modeled on that of Charlemagne by Einhard. He combined a translation of some text of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle with his original observations on Alfred's life.
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asserIn ancient carpentry:
1. The ribs or brackets of an arched ceiling.
2. The purlins or rafters of a roof.
3. A beam or joist.
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