Definitions for sailseɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an area of canvas or other fabric extended on a ship or other vessel or vehicle to catch the wind for propulsion.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. a similar apparatus, as on a windmill.

    Category: Energy

  3. a voyage or excursion esp. in a vessel with sails.

    Category: Navy

  4. sailing vessels collectively.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  5. the sails of a ship or boat.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  6. (v.i.)to travel on water in a ship or boat.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  7. to manage a sailboat, esp. for sport.

    Category: Nautical, Navy, Sport

  8. to begin a journey by water.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  9. to move along in a manner suggestive of a sailing vessel:

    caravans sailing along.

  10. to move along in a stately, effortless way:

    to sail into a room.

  11. (v.t.)to sail upon, over, or through:

    to sail the seven seas.

  12. to navigate (a vessel).

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  13. sail into, to attack vigorously; assail.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for sail:

  1. set or make sail,to start a voyage.

    Category: Nautical, Navy, Idiom

  2. under sail,with sails set; in motion; sailing.

    Category: Nautical, Navy, Idiom

Origin of sail:

bef. 900; (n.) OE segl, c. OFris seil, OS segel, OHG segal (G Segel ), ON segl; (v.) OE siglan, seglian


Princeton's WordNet

  1. sail, canvas, canvass, sheet(noun)

    a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel

  2. cruise, sail(noun)

    an ocean trip taken for pleasure

  3. sail(verb)

    any structure that resembles a sail

  4. sail(verb)

    traverse or travel on (a body of water)

    "We sailed the Atlantic"; "He sailed the Pacific all alone"

  5. sweep, sail(verb)

    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"

  6. sail(verb)

    travel on water propelled by wind

    "I love sailing, especially on the open sea"; "the ship sails on"

  7. voyage, sail, navigate(verb)

    travel on water propelled by wind or by other means

    "The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sail(verb)ɪl

    (of a large sailboat or ship and its passengers) to travel or move over water

    We sail from Miami to Nassau.; a ship sailing up the river

  2. sailɪl

    to control a sailboat as it moves over water

    My father taught me to sail.; He sails yachts.

  3. sailɪl

    to start a trip on a large ship or sailboat

    We sail at 4 a.m. tomorrow.

  4. sailɪl

    to move quickly and smoothly

    She came sailing into the room in a long red gown.

  5. sail(noun)ɪl

    a piece of strong cloth attached to a sailboat to catch the wind

    Take the sails down and lower the anchor.

  6. sailɪl

    a trip in a sailboat

    We went for a sail.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sail(noun)

    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

  2. Sail(noun)

    anything resembling a sail, or regarded as a sail

  3. Sail(noun)

    a wing; a van

  4. Sail(noun)

    the extended surface of the arm of a windmill

  5. Sail(noun)

    a sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft

  6. Sail(noun)

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

  7. Sail(noun)

    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

  8. Sail(noun)

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

  9. Sail(noun)

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

  10. Sail(noun)

    to set sail; to begin a voyage

  11. Sail(noun)

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

  12. Sail(verb)

    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

  13. Sail(verb)

    to fly through; to glide or move smoothly through

  14. Sail(verb)

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


  1. Sail

    A sail is a surface, typically made of fabric and supported by a mast, whose purpose is to propel a sailing vessel. Occasionally sails may also be found on land vehicles.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. SAIL

    1. The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. An important site in the early development of LISP; with the MIT AI Lab, BBN, CMU, XEROX PARC, and the Unix community, one of the major wellsprings of technical innovation and hacker-culture traditions (see the WAITS entry for details). The SAIL machines were shut down in late May 1990, scant weeks after the MIT AI Lab's ITS cluster was officially decommissioned. 2. The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Language used at SAIL (sense 1). It was an Algol-60 derivative with a coroutining facility and some new data types intended for building search trees and association lists.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sail' in Nouns Frequency: #2740

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sail' in Verbs Frequency: #601

Anagrams of sail

  1. Ails

  2. Isla

  3. Lais

  4. Lias

  5. Lisa

  6. Sial

Translations for sail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a sheet of strong cloth spread to catch the wind, by which a ship is driven forward.

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