Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boat of peculiar form, measuring 10 or 15 tons, used in the herring-fishery.

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Examples

  • Master Freake was giving final instructions to the owner of a herring-buss that was creaking noisily against the side of the jetty under the swell of the tide.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • We waited for a herring-buss coming towards us, and spoke to her.

    Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680

  • Little more than fifty years since, the banks of the river at that place were literally covered with broom -- and hence its name -- while the stream was scarcely deep enough to float a herring-buss.

    The Life of Thomas Telford

  • “His cunning, at least, I do, which, in Court affairs, often takes the weather-gage of wisdom, — as in Yarmouth Roads a herring-buss will baffle a frigate.

    Peveril of the Peak

  • "His cunning, at least, I do, which, in Court affairs, often takes the weather-gage of wisdom, -- as in Yarmouth Roads a herring-buss will baffle a frigate.

    Peveril of the Peak

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