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Definitions of sail

  1. a large piece of fabric ( as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
  2. an ocean trip taken for pleasure
  3. travel by boat on a boat propelled by wind or by other means; " The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow"
  4. travel in a boat propelled by wind; " I love sailing, especially on the open sea"
  5. traverse or travel by ship on ( a body of water); " We sailed the Atlantic"; " He sailed the Pacific all alone"
  6. move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions; " The diva swept into the room"; " Shreds of paper sailed through the air"; " The searchlights swept across the sky"
  7. An extent of canvas or other fabric by means of which the wind is made serviceable as a power for propelling vessels through the water.
  8. Anything resembling a sail, or regarded as a sail.
  9. A wing; a van.
  10. The extended surface of the arm of a windmill.
  11. A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft.
  12. A passage by a sailing vessel; a journey or excursion upon the water.
  13. To be impelled or driven forward by the action of wind upon sails, as a ship on water; to be impelled on a body of water by the action of steam or other power.
  14. To move through or on the water; to swim, as a fish or a water fowl.
  15. To be conveyed in a vessel on water; to pass by water; as, they sailed from London to Canton.
  16. To set sail; to begin a voyage.
  17. To move smoothly through the air; to glide through the air without apparent exertion, as a bird.
  18. To pass or move upon, as in a ship, by means of sails; hence, to move or journey upon ( the water) by means of steam or other force.
  19. To fly through; to glide or move smoothly through.
  20. To direct or manage the motion of, as a vessel; as, to sail one's own ship.
  21. A sheet of canvas by means of which the wind is made to drive a vessel forward in the water; a ship or vessel; vessels collectively; an excursion in a vessel moved by the wind; as, we went for a sail.
  22. To be moved by the action of the wind upon spread canvas; hence, to be moved through water by the force of steam, etc.; to go by water; as, we sailed from New York to Liverpool; to begin a voyage; as, the ship sailed at noon; glide like a boat, as an eagle through the air; pass smoothly along.
  23. To pass over in a ship; as, to sail the Spanish Main; to direct, steer, or manage the motion of; as, to sail a ship.
  24. Sailer.
  25. A sheet of canvas, etc., spread to catch the wind, by which a ship is driven forward: a ship or ships: a trip in a vessel.
  26. To be moved by sails: to go by water: to begin a voyage: to glide or float smoothly along.
  27. To navigate: to pass in a ship: to fly through.
  28. A ship's canvas; ship or ships; trip in a vessel.
  29. To be moved by sails or on the water; glide or float smoothly.
  30. To navigate; fly through.
  31. To manage, as a ship, on the water; navigate.
  32. To move, as in a vessel propelled by sails; travel by water; set sail; float, as a cloud.
  33. A piece of canvas, etc., supported by a mast of a vessel, to secure its propulsion by the wind.
  34. A sailing vessel or craft.
  35. A trip in a vessel.
  36. A spread of canvas for receiving the impulse of the wind by which a ship is driven; a ship or other vessel; an excursion in some vessel.
  37. To pass over in a ship; to navigate. To make sail, to extend an additional quantity of sail. To set sail, to expand or spread the sails; to begin a voyage. To shorten sail, to reduce the extent of sail. To strike sail, to lower the sails suddenly.
  38. To be impelled by the action of wind upon sails; to go by water; to swim; to set sail; to glide through the air; to pass smoothly along.
  39. A sheet of strong canvas which, when spread out in a ship, catches the wind to impel it through the water- there are many sails in a ship, and each one has a different name; a ship or ships; an excursion in a ship; in poetry, wings.
  40. To be moved or impelled by the force of the wind on sails, as a ship on water; to begin a voyage; to float or pass smoothly along; to fly without striking with the wings, as a bird.
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Antonyms for sail

flog, trudge, flounder, plod, crawl.

Quotes of sail

  1. Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense. – Joseph Addison
  2. I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship. – Louisa May Alcott
  3. Gliders, sail planes, they're wonderful flying machines. It's the closest you can come to being a bird. – Neil Armstrong
  4. Thus, I steer my bark, and sail On even keel, with gentle gale. – Matthew Green
  5. Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail – David Hare
  6. To reach a port we must sail sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  7. I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way. – John Paul Jones
  8. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch- we are going back from whence we came. – John F. Kennedy
  9. Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor. – Thomas B. Macaulay
  10. To study the phenomena of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all. – William Osler
  11. On life's vast ocean diversely we sail Reasons the card, but passion the gale. – Alexander Pope
  12. Hoist up sail while gale doth last, Tide and wind stay no man's pleasure. – Robert Southwell
  13. If I have a Sunday free, I'll go up the coast and spend some time on the beach. I scuba dive and swim and sail A lot of the things I like are around the water. – Parker Stevenson
  14. Separately there was only wind, water, sail and hull, but at my hand the four had been given purpose and direction. – Lowell Thomas

Usage examples for sail

  1. Are you going to sail her yourself?" – Dialstone Lane, Part 2. by W.W. Jacobs
  2. Why, all you had to do wuz to sail on till you come to it. – Samantha at the World's Fair by Marietta Holley
  3. There were twenty sail of them altogether. – The Log of a Privateersman by Harry Collingwood
  4. He had gone to see the sail boat man. – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
  5. Now Janice enjoyed the sail – Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long
  6. We can sail to the end of the lake and ride back. – The Bobbsey Twins in a Great City by Laura Lee Hope
  7. She might have been up to Bryll by this time, or down to Pendrewist, but there's no sail ma'am, either way." – The Tenants of Malory Volume 1 of 3 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  8. He must not sail with Mr. Drake." – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  9. You are sure you will not sail away? – Thelma by Marie Corelli
  10. But I don't know as she will sail now. – The Millionaire Baby by Anna Katharine Green
  11. In an hour you're to sail for France?" – Simon Dale by Anthony Hope
  12. Why, just this: I guess the old man's takin' in sail – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  13. He and his wife sail for Europe immediately." – Jewel A Chapter In Her Life by Clara Louise Burnham
  14. " If that's the case," thought Captain Horn, but saying no word to any one, " this is not a part of the sea for my wife to sail upon!" – Mrs. Cliff's Yacht by Frank R. Stockton
  15. And now the sail to her, Simon. – The Trawler by James Brendan Connolly
  16. He had no idea how long it would be before Saltash tired of the game and gave orders to set sail – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  17. To- morrow morning we'll try and make acquaintance with the stranger, and find out for Captain Derrick's comfort how she managed to sail without wind! – The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance by Marie Corelli
  18. With the first of the New Year they expected now to sail – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  19. Had they a sail – Roger Ingleton, Minor by Talbot Baines Reed
  20. She's full up and all ready to sail – Gold Seekers of '49 by Edwin L. Sabin

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