asses' bridge


Definition of asses' bridge

: the fifth proposition of the first book of Euclid: the angles at the base of an isoceles triangle are equal to one another a schoolboy, stammering out his asses' bridge— Frederic Harrison

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History and Etymology for asses' bridge

translation of New Latin pons asinorum; probably from the similarity of the geometrical construction demonstrating it to the trusses of a bridge and from its being considered a difficulty for poor students of geometry

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“Asses' bridge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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