[ US /ˈseɪɫ/ ]
[ UK /sˈe‍ɪl/ ]
  1. travel on water propelled by wind or by other means
    The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow
  2. traverse or travel on (a body of water)
    We sailed the Atlantic
    He sailed the Pacific all alone
  3. 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
  4. travel on water propelled by wind
    the ship sails on
    I love sailing, especially on the open sea
  1. an ocean trip taken for pleasure
  2. a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
  3. any structure that resembles a sail
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How To Use sail In A Sentence

  • After our engineless sail into the anchorage at Santa Domingo we spent a couple of days trying to resuscitate the iron genny. TravelPod.com TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at TravelPod.com
  • Sir, his definement suffers no perdition in you; though, I know, to divide him inventorially would dizzy the arithmetic of memory, and yet but yaw neither, in respect of his quick sail. Act V. Scene II. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • After a long, tedious sail, during which I was subjected to every discomfort, and exposure to the weather, as well as jeers and insults that effervesced from a corrupt heart, where they had been concealed for so many years, we reached a spot near enough to the land to discover a cluster of orange trees and a cabin. Bond and Free: A Tale of the South
  • The theory I do not accept: one simply folds his sails, unships his rudder, and waits the will of Providence, or the arrival of some compelling fate. Saunterings
  • Louis XIV spent 200,000 gold francs for the construction of the royal kennels at Versailles where he kenneled hunting hounds, truffle terriers and toy poodles.
  • Rob also reckons that the south-west coast of Ireland has some of the best sailing grounds in the world - particularly around Roaring Water Bay in West Cork.
  • Before one embarks on this high flying experience, the organisers supply a crash helmet, and a safety waist belt which is securely tied with a long and strong rope to the huge multi-coloured parasail.
  • When they replaced the ten-minute peak-hour ferry services with 20-minute sailings, in 1975, it was chaos.
  • I boxed, swam, sailed, rode horses, lived in the open an arrantly healthful life, and passed life insurance examinations with flying colours. Chapter 29
  • To struggle in sweat pooled rivers, will cause the boat to the other side of the ideal sail.
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