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.

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