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sail

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sail \Sail\, noun [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. --Milton.

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. --Spenser.

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}, adjective, and {Square}, adjective; also, {Bark}, {Brig}, {Schooner}, {Ship}, {Stay}.

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

{Sail fluke} (Zool.), 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sail \Sail\, verb (used with an object)

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. --Dryden.

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

Sublime she sails The aerial space, and mounts the wing['e]d gales. --Pope.

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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sail \Sail\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Sailed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sailing}.] [AS. segelian, seglian. See {Sail}, noun]

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. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sail

noun

1: a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel [syn: {sail}, {canvas}, {canvass}, {sheet}]

2: an ocean trip taken for pleasure [syn: {cruise}, {sail}]

3: any structure that resembles a sail

verb

1: traverse or travel 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}, {sail}]

3: travel on water propelled by wind; "I love sailing, especially on the open sea"; "the ship sails on"

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

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