Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sluice or lock, as in a river, to make it more navigable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sluice or lock, as in a river, to make it more navigable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sluice, canal, or lock on a navigable river; a weir with floodgates; a navigable sluice.

Etymologies

Dutch sas, from French sas ("the basin of a waterfall"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Above all Mr. Waith, at whose child's christening our wives and we should have been to-day, but none of them went and I am glad of it, for he is a very rogue, So home, and drew up our report for Sir N. Crispe's sasse, and so to bed.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jan/Feb 1661/62

  • With the two Sir Williams to the Trinity-house; and there in their society had the business debated of Sir Nicholas Crisp's sasse at Deptford.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jan/Feb 1661/62

  • Thence with him to the Trinity-house to dinner; where Sir Richard Brown (one of the clerks of the Council, and who is much concerned against Sir N. Crisp's project of making a great sasse

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jan/Feb 1661/62

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