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assize

[ə′sīz]
(civil engineering)
A cylindrical block of stone forming one unit in a column.
A layer of stonework.

assize

1. A cylindrical block of stone forming one unit in a column.
2. A course of stonework.
References in classic literature ?
I give you my word that I would have spoken out if it went against him at the Assizes.
It's as well," said the old man; "it's a question whether I shall live to the Assizes, so it matters little to me, but I should wish to spare Alice the shock.
You are yourself aware that you will soon have to answer for your deed at a higher court than the Assizes.
James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a number of objections which had been drawn out by Holmes and submitted to the defending counsel.
A visit to Reading or Abingdon twice a year, at assizes or quarter sessions, which the Squire made on his horse with a pair of saddle-bags containing his wardrobe, a stay of a day or two at some country neighbour's, or an expedition to a county ball or the yeomanry review, made up the sum of the Brown locomotion in most years.
1685: Judge Jeffreys began sentencing people to death at what became known as the Bloody Assize.
The term in office of the current Assize court ends on September 9 but the current three members of the court will continue to handle their ongoing cases, CNA reported.
Assize after assize, Mary Ann Street figures with conspicuous notoriety as the street crimes ranging from murder to robbery with violence and in each instance systematic immorality is at the bottom of it.
On 9 July 2013, Costas Papacostas was found guilty of manslaughter by Larnaka Assize Court which convened today to announce the sentence.
1685: Judge Jeffreys began sentencing rebels to death at what became known as the Bloody Assize, after the failed Monmouth's Rebellion.
Highlights include a set of six Charles II chairs which were believed to have been used in the court room of Hanging Judge Jeffreys during the Bloody Assize held at Taunton Castle, Somerset, in 1685.
For the more serious crimes people were heard in assize courts and maybe the Old Bailey (there is a very good website: http://www.