Definitions of sail

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. To fly through; to glide or move smoothly through.
  4. To direct or manage the motion of, as a vessel; as, to sail one's own ship.
  5. 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.
  6. To navigate: to pass in a ship: to fly through.
  7. To navigate; fly through.
  8. To manage, as a ship, on the water; navigate.
  9. 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.
  10. To be moved by sails: to go by water: to begin a voyage: to glide or float smoothly along.
  11. To be moved by sails or on the water; glide or float smoothly.
  12. travel by boat on a boat propelled by wind or by other means; " The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow"
  13. travel in a boat propelled by wind; " I love sailing, especially on the open sea"
  14. traverse or travel by ship on ( a body of water); " We sailed the Atlantic"; " He sailed the Pacific all alone"
  15. To move, as in a vessel propelled by sails; travel by water; set sail; float, as a cloud.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. an ocean trip taken for pleasure
  19. 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.
  20. Anything resembling a sail, or regarded as a sail.
  21. A wing; a van.
  22. The extended surface of the arm of a windmill.
  23. A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft.
  24. A passage by a sailing vessel; a journey or excursion upon the water.
  25. 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.
  26. To move through or on the water; to swim, as a fish or a water fowl.
  27. To be conveyed in a vessel on water; to pass by water; as, they sailed from London to Canton.
  28. To set sail; to begin a voyage.
  29. To move smoothly through the air; to glide through the air without apparent exertion, as a bird.
  30. 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.
  31. Sailer.
  32. 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.
  33. A ship's canvas; ship or ships; trip in a vessel.
  34. A piece of canvas, etc., supported by a mast of a vessel, to secure its propulsion by the wind.
  35. A sailing vessel or craft.
  36. A trip in a vessel.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
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