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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a ball flies/sails
▪ The ball flew over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net.
a sailing boatBritish English
baseball/outdoors/sailing etc enthusiast
▪ a keep-fit enthusiast
sail a boat
▪ They’re sailing a boat down the coast of Portugal.
sail though an exam (=pass it easily)
▪ Don’t worry - I'm sure you’ll sail through all your exams.
sailing boat
sailing ship
▪ The boat would then sail in a circle, dragging the net, until it returned to the point of departure.
▪ We would learn about boats and sailing, about boat charters and the travel business.
▪ She liked the video vessel very much but she adores her real sailing boat.
▪ A woman had also seen a man in a boat sailing away from the beach.
▪ I like the sounds of a boat sailing at night.
▪ Direction is controlled by the tiller which moves the rudder, while the centreboard keeps the dinghy sailing forwards rather than sideways.
▪ However, competent windsurfers do have the chance to join dinghy groups when they sail away to other beaches.
▪ Day cruises are in more stable dinghies, sailing in company for safety.
▪ It's also good for families with varying interests, though the dinghies do sail from a beach about 1200 metres away.
▪ That's if you're on a dinghy sailing course.
▪ The cost is £186 for a week long dinghy sailing course and £285 for a yacht cruising course.
▪ For two weeks of Wayfarer sailing you should join our dinghy sailing holiday, p21.
▪ There is no way Dona could have left her married life and children behind to sail the seas with pirate lover.
▪ But think of me tonight when I sail across the sea.
▪ Cruise ships, already sailing the seas of the Mesoamerican Reef more than ever before, are gaining in size and frequency.
▪ I stood back and she went past me like a ship sailing into war.
▪ They beg Ahab to turn the ship about and sail homeward.
▪ In particular, on days of ill-omen ships could not set sail.
▪ He did not come back, and finally the ship had to sail without him.
▪ Cruise ships, already sailing the seas of the Mesoamerican Reef more than ever before, are gaining in size and frequency.
▪ The sea belongs to the Christians, and our ships sail there only at enormous risk.
▪ The ship was sailing into the harbour now.
▪ Not only has it been sailing in calm coastal waters, but it also has one of your sea-marshals on board.
▪ Clearly the 49ers are sailing in uncharted waters.
▪ Meanwhile his passion for sailing was developing by cruising and sailing on the inland waters of the Thames.
▪ The United States insists it has the right to sail through the international waters of the strait.
▪ Two of us have chosen to sail in the calmer waters of librarianship.
▪ Just 33 years ago to sail solo round the world was a very different kind of deal.
▪ Yachtsmen, too, after sailing around the world with only the wind as a companion.
▪ Learning to sail and seeing the world will be wonderful.
▪ Perhaps he had already formed a notion of sailing alone round the world.
▪ Newall, 27, was arrested by a Royal Navy frigate sailing his yacht off Casablanca.
▪ The veterinarians must be sailing in yachts, surely.
▪ Windsurfers on the plane Nor is this like sailing a yacht!
be plain sailing
▪ Get the mitres right and the rest is plain sailing.
▪ I recognized that all would not be plain sailing.
▪ In any event, it will not be plain sailing.
▪ Roderick Conway Morris says it's not going to be plain sailing.
take the wind out of sb's sails
▪ Last night's defeat has taken some of the wind out of the team's sails.
▪ He sailed from Southampton on May 6th.
▪ I just want to quit my job and sail the South Pacific.
▪ Jeff ducked as the ball sailed past his head.
▪ She sailed by without looking at him.
▪ The Pequod sailed toward the island.
▪ The ship sailed at dusk.
▪ There was a picture of Dick sailing his boat in the Caribbean.
▪ We'll sail from Miami to Nassau.
▪ We sail first thing in the morning
▪ Are you capable of sailing in the prevailing conditions?
▪ Clearly the 49ers are sailing in uncharted waters.
▪ He could sail this water drunk and blindfolded.
▪ I sail past a little development of off-the-shelf ranch homes.
▪ I sail up the hill and along Hyde Hill Lane as if I were a balloon.
▪ We had crossed over to Mykines early in the day, sailing down the long fiord from the village of Sørvágur.
▪ Galleons, I believe ... yes, galleons in full sail ... on the hanging bits.
▪ Like a galleon in full sail, she first hove into view during the early 1970s.
▪ But there's quite a few both with engines and a full set of sails.
▪ The great wooden chalet creaked and resonated like a galleon in full sail.
▪ And King Bucar and they who escaped with him hoisted sails and went their way, and never more turned their heads.
▪ But the captain mocked him for a silly fool and bade the crew hasten to hoist the sail.
▪ Then, before hoisting the sail, I trundled the wheelbarrow on to the road.
▪ We would push out the boat, hoist the sail and visit the lobster pots and conger lines.
▪ It only needed two men working in unison to raise and lower the junk sails to suit the wind strength.
▪ A further use of carbon rod is for sail battens to control flutter, or to improve sail shape.
▪ For these boats a sail which allows them to compete more evenly under handicap rules has obvious advantages.
▪ From 1874 upon the sail was emblazoned the rampant white horse of Kent.
▪ Heroism of a different order was on the menu of three of the greatest Casanovas of the age of sail.
▪ It was like a captain blowing against his own limp sails.
▪ Several would-be sailors scoffed at the idea of a race until they actually set sail.
▪ Then it occurs to us that we could raise the sails to increase our visibility.
▪ What's the launch schedule of the test solar sail and how long will it stay in orbit?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sail \Sail\, n. [OE. seil, AS. segel, segl; akin to D. zeil, OHG. segal, G. & Sw. segel, Icel. segl, Dan. seil. [root] 153.]

  1. 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.

    Behoves him now both sail and oar.

  2. Anything resembling a sail, or regarded as a sail.

  3. A wing; a van. [Poetic]

    Like an eagle soaring To weather his broad sails.

  4. The extended surface of the arm of a windmill.

  5. A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft.

    Note: In this sense, the plural has usually the same form as the singular; as, twenty sail were in sight.

  6. A passage by a sailing vessel; a journey or excursion upon the water.

    Note: Sails are of two general kinds, fore-and-aft sails, and square sails. Square sails are always bent to yards, with their foot lying across the line of the vessel. Fore-and-aft sails are set upon stays or gaffs with their foot in line with the keel. A fore-and-aft sail is triangular, or quadrilateral with the after leech longer than the fore leech. Square sails are quadrilateral, but not necessarily square. See Phrases under Fore, a., and Square, a.; also, Bark, Brig, Schooner, Ship, Stay.

    Sail burton (Naut.), a purchase for hoisting sails aloft for bending.

    Sail fluke (Zo["o]l.), the whiff.

    Sail hook, a small hook used in making sails, to hold the seams square.

    Sail loft, a loft or room where sails are cut out and made.

    Sail room (Naut.), a room in a vessel where sails are stowed when not in use.

    Sail yard (Naut.), the yard or spar on which a sail is extended.

    Shoulder-of-mutton sail (Naut.), a triangular sail of peculiar form. It is chiefly used to set on a boat's mast.

    To crowd sail. (Naut.) See under Crowd.

    To loose sails (Naut.), to unfurl or spread sails.

    To make sail (Naut.), to extend an additional quantity of sail.

    To set a sail (Naut.), to extend or spread a sail to the wind.

    To set sail (Naut.), to unfurl or spread the sails; hence, to begin a voyage.

    To shorten sail (Naut.), to reduce the extent of sail, or take in a part.

    To strike sail (Naut.), to lower the sails suddenly, as in saluting, or in sudden gusts of wind; hence, to acknowledge inferiority; to abate pretension.

    Under sail, having the sails spread.


Sail \Sail\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sailed; p. pr. & vb. n. Sailing.] [AS. segelian, seglian. See Sail, n.]

  1. 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.

  2. To move through or on the water; to swim, as a fish or a water fowl.

  3. To be conveyed in a vessel on water; to pass by water; as, they sailed from London to Canton.

  4. To set sail; to begin a voyage.

  5. To move smoothly through the air; to glide through the air without apparent exertion, as a bird.

    As is a winged messenger of heaven, . . . When he bestrides the lazy pacing clouds, And sails upon the bosom of the air.


Sail \Sail\, v. t.

  1. 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.

    A thousand ships were manned to sail the sea.

  2. To fly through; to glide or move smoothly through.

    Sublime she sails The a["e]rial space, and mounts the wing[`e]d gales.

  3. To direct or manage the motion of, as a vessel; as, to sail one's own ship.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English segl "sail, veil, curtain," from Proto-Germanic *seglom (cognates: Old Saxon, Swedish segel, Old Norse segl, Old Frisian seil, Dutch zeil, Old High German segal, German Segel), of obscure origin with no known cognates outside Germanic (Irish seol, Welsh hwyl "sail" are Germanic loan-words). In some sources (Klein, OED) referred to PIE root *sek- "to cut," as if meaning "a cut piece of cloth." To take the wind out of (someone's) sails (1888) is to deprive (someone) of the means of progress, especially by sudden and unexpected action, "as by one vessel sailing between the wind and another vessel," ["The Encyclopaedic Dictionary," 1888].


Old English segilan "travel on water in a ship; equip with a sail," from the same Germanic source as sail (n.); cognate with Old Norse sigla, Middle Dutch seghelen, Dutch zeilen, Middle Low German segelen, German segeln. Meaning "to set out on a sea voyage, leave port" is from c.1200. Related: Sailed; sailing.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context nautical English) A piece of fabric attached to a boat and arranged such that it causes the wind to drive the boat along. The sail may be attached to the boat via a combination of mast, spars and ropes. 2 (context uncountable English) The power harnessed by a sail or sails, or the use this power for travel or transport. 3 A trip in a boat, especially a sailboat. 4 (context dated English) A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft. Plural ''sail''. 5 The blade of a windmill. 6 A tower-like structure found on the dorsal (topside) surface of submarines. 7 The floating organ of siphonophores, such as the Portuguese man-of-war. 8 (context fishing English) A sailfish. 9 (context paleontology English) an outward projection of the (l/en: spine), occurring in certain (l/en dinosaur dinosaurs) and (l/en synapsid synapsids) 10 Anything resembling a sail, such as a wing. Etymology 2

vb. 1 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 steam or other power. 2 To move through or on the water; to swim, as a fish or a waterfowl. 3 To ride in a boat, especially a sailboat. 4 To set sail; to begin a voyage. 5 To move briskly and gracefully through the air.

  1. v. traverse or travel by ship on (a body of water); "We sailed the Atlantic"; "He sailed the Pacific all alone"

  2. 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" [syn: sweep]

  3. travel in a boat propelled by wind; "I love sailing, especially on the open sea"

  4. travel by boat on a boat propelled by wind or by other means; "The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow" [syn: voyage, navigate]

  1. n. a large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel [syn: canvas, canvass, sheet]

  2. an ocean trip taken for pleasure [syn: cruise]

Sail (disambiguation)

A sail is any type of surface intended to move a vessel, vehicle or rotor by being placed in a wind.

Sail or SAIL may also refer to:

SAIL (programming language)

SAIL, the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Language, was developed by Dan Swinehart and Bob Sproull of the Stanford AI Lab in 1970. It was originally a large ALGOL 60-like language for the PDP-10 and DECSYSTEM-20.

SAIL's main feature is a symbolic data system based upon an associative store (based on the LEAP system of Jerry Feldman and Paul Rovner). Items may be stored as unordered sets or as associations (triples). Other features include processes, events and interrupts, contexts, backtracking and record garbage collection. It also has block-structured macros, a coroutining facility and some new data types intended for building search trees and association lists.

A number of interesting software systems were coded in SAIL, including some early versions of FTP and TeX, a document formatting system called PUB, and the first general purpose, interactive spreadsheet program called BRIGHT.

In 1978, there were half a dozen different operating systems for the PDP-10: ITS (MIT), WAITS (Stanford), TOPS-10 (DEC), CMU TOPS-10 (Carnegie Mellon), TENEX ( BBN), and TOPS-20 (DEC, based on TENEX).

SAIL was ported from WAITS to ITS so that MIT researchers could make use of software developed at Stanford University. Every port usually required the rewriting of I/O code in each application.

A machine-independent version of SAIL called MAINSAIL was developed in the late 1970s and was used to develop many eCAD design tools during the 1980s. MAINSAIL was easily portable to new processors and operating systems, and is still in limited use .

Sail (letter)

Sail or Saille is the Irish name of the fourth letter of the Ogham alphabet, ᚄ, meaning " willow". The name is related to Welshhelyg(en) and Latinsalix. Its Proto-Indo-European root was *sal-. Its phonetic value is [s].

In the medieval kennings, called Bríatharogam or Word Ogham the verses associated with sail are:

lí ambi - "pallor of a lifeless one" (Word Ogham of Morann mic Moín)

lúth bech - "sustenance of bees" (Word Ogham of Mac ind Óc)

tosach mela - "beginning of honey" (Word Ogham of Culainn)

Sail (submarine)

thumb|upright=1.3|Sail of the French nuclear submarine Casabianca; note the diving planes, camouflaged masts, periscope, electronic warfare masts, door and windows. In naval parlance, the sail (American usage) or fin (European/Commonwealth usage) of a submarine is the tower-like structure found on the dorsal (topside) surface of submarines. Submarine sails once housed the conning tower (command and communications data center), the periscope(s), radar and communications masts ( antenna), though most of these functions have now been relocated to the hull proper (and so the sail is no longer considered a "conning tower").

When above the water's surface, the sail serves as an observation platform. It also provides an entrance and exit point on the submarine that has enough freeboard to prevent the submarine being swamped. Underwater the sail acts as a vertical stabilizer. In some submarines, the sail also supports diving planes which are control surfaces used for underwater stability and steering.

Sail (Lake District)

Sail is a hill in the English Lake District, lying between Derwentwater and Crummock Water.

Sail (novel)

Sail is a mystery novel by the bestselling author, James Patterson, and co-author, Howard Roughan, that was released on June 10, 2008.

Sail (hieroglyph)

The Ancient EgyptianSail hieroglyph is Gardiner sign listed no. P5 for the sail of a ship. The hieroglyph shows a hoisted sail, curved because of wind filling it. It is used in Egyptian hieroglyphs as a determinative for words related to wind, air, breath, sailors, (as "nefu"), floods-(of the Nile), etc. Also an ideogram in 'puff', 'wind', Egyptian (tsh)3w-(ṯau).

Sail (anatomy)

The term sail or dorsal sail has been used to refer to sail-like structures on the back of various animals. Such animals can also be referred to as sail-backed or fin-backed. Such structures include the following:

  • Neural spine sail - formed by the neural spines of the vertebrae
  • Dorsal fin - in some aquatic species with tall fins on their back.
  • Crest (anatomy) - a feature which has been referred to as a "sail" when occurring on the back of some animals
Sail (song)

"Sail" is a song by American rock band Awolnation. It was released as a single on January 4, 2011. The song was first featured on the band's debut extended play Back from Earth (2010) and was later featured on their debut album Megalithic Symphony (2011). The song was written and produced in Venice, California by group member Aaron Bruno, with Kenny Carkeet performing the audio engineering.

"Sail" is the band's most commercially successful song to date. It debuted at number 89 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 2011, spending 20 weeks on the chart before dropping out. The single re-entered the Hot 100 a year later, becoming a massive sleeper hit and reaching a new peak of number 17. It has spent the second longest time inside the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with 79 weeks, only surpassed by Imagine Dragons' " Radioactive".


A sail is means for redirecting the power of the wind to propel a craft on water, ice or land. In doing so, sails mobilize lifting properties as air passes along the surface and they mobilize drag properties to the degree that air is directed at the surface. When both lift and drag are present, they function similarly to a wing in a vertical orientation. In most cases sails are supported by a mast rigidly attached to the sailing craft, however some craft employ a flexible mount for a mast. Sails also employ spars and battens to determine shape in the axis perpendicular to the mast. As a result, sails come in a variety of shapes that include both triangular and quadrilateral configurations, usually with curved edges that promote curvature of the sail.

Kites that are used to propel certain sailing craft are differentiated from sails in that they are supported and controlled by lines that lead from the kite to the craft.

Usage examples of "sail".

There were several women delegates and Ken made the most of their ablutions until he was distracted by the appearance of Karanja in a neat grey suit, an ingratiating grin on his face and his big ears standing out like sails.

From the walls of the castillo, it could be seen that all the town was aboil as the four galleons sailed in from the sea.

Her sails spread slowly, catching the outwind of the local sun, their lead surfaces adazzle in shifting, light show display.

It had not been possible to provide the aerological outfit at the time of sailing, and the meteorologist of the expedition was therefore left behind in Norway.

Far above them sailed the aeroplane, its two occupants from time to time waving at their pretty sisters below.

Twenty-five feet above them, from the aft part of the sail, the Bigmouth antenna raised steadily upward, the top of the mast breaking the surface.

The fairing for the towed array extended longitudinally aft from the leading edge of the sail to the stern.

Slowly Brandt climbed to the top of the sail from the aft bulkhead of the cockpit, keeping low to the top of the structure where he could see clearly yet not be picked off from the deck.

But if the nukes aft could get propulsion they could take control of the rudder, and with Lennox in the sail and communications with the walkie-talkies, Lennox and the nukes alone could drive the ship away from the pier.

Von Brandt crawled back on the top of the sail to get a look at the aft deck.

Lennox lifted his head up over the starboard aft lip of the sail, looking for the position of the Jianghu fast frigate, which was nowhere in sight.

Lennox raised his head above the scarred steel of the top of the sail to look aft, making sure the rudder was turned to the right instead of left.

Morris now began the walk aft along the sail to climb back up, but by this time the ship had settled into the water so that only the sail remained above the waves.

One was the broken and burned-out remains of the Udaloy destroyer Zunyi, the second and third the forward and aft halves of the Luda destroyer Kaifing, sliced cleanly in half by the sail of the Seawolf.

He proceeded up to the platform that extended most of the length of the hull aft of the sail, the seats near the sail for senior officers like Donchez and for him and Duckett.