/seɪl / (say sayl)

1. an expanse of canvas or similar material spread to the wind to make a vessel move through the water. It is called a square sail when quadrilateral and extended by a yard, usually at right angles to the masts, and a fore-and-aft sail when set on a mast, boom, gaff, or stay, more or less in line with the keel.
2. some similar piece or apparatus, as the part of an arm of a windmill which catches the wind.
3. a voyage or excursion, especially in a sailing vessel.
4. a sailing vessel or ship.
5. sailing vessels collectively: the fleet numbered thirty sail.
6. sails for a vessel or vessels, collectively.
verb (i)
7. to travel in a vessel conveyed by the action of wind, steam, etc.
8. to move along or be conveyed by wind, steam, etc.: steamships sailing to Fremantle.
9. to manage a boat, especially for sport: can you sail?; he sails every Wednesday afternoon.
10. to begin a journey by water: sailing at dawn.
11. to move along in a manner suggestive of a sailing vessel: clouds sailing overhead.
12. to travel through the air, as a balloon.
13. to move along with dignity: to sail into a room.
verb (t)
14. to sail upon, over, or through: to sail the seven seas.
15. to navigate (a ship, etc.).
16. to cause to sail (a toy boat or the like).
17. make sail, Nautical
a. to set the sail or sails of a boat, or increase the amount of sail already set.
b. to set out on a voyage.
18. sail in, Colloquial to initiate an action without prudent regard to possible consequences.
19. sail through, to complete (a task, test, etc.) easily and successfully: she sails through all her exams.
20. set sail, to start a voyage.
21. under sail, with sails set.
{Middle English; Old English segl}
sailable, adjective
sailless, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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