Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    To root up trees; to deforest land.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In English law. The offense committed in the forest, by pulling up the trees by the roois that are thickets and coverts for deer, and making the ground plain as arable land. It differs from waste, In that waste ls the cutting down of coverts which may grow again, whereas assart is the plucking them up by the roots and utterly destroying them, so that they can never afterward grow. This is not an offense if done with liconse to convert forest into tillage ground. Consult Manwood'a Forest Laws, p5 I, p. l'7l. Wharton.