Adjective "sail" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A piece of material extended on a mast to catch the wind and propel a boat or ship or other vessel.
  1. mass noun 'the boat can no longer carry that area of sail'
  2. 'The ship had no sails or masts yet it moved at great speed through the water.'
  3. 'This in turn causes surrounding air to rush into the sail and propel the boat further.'
  4. 'If you find yourself out there, and wait patiently for just the right conditions, the wind will come up and catch the sails of the ship, blowing it right inside the bottle.'
  5. 'My primary role on the boat is called a ‘grinder’, and I provide power for the winches [the circular wheels which wind the boat's sails up and down].'
  6. 'At first when sails triumphed over oars, a large square sail was rigged on the mainmast while two smaller sails fore and aft gave the ship maneuverability.'
  7. 'I knew it was coming to rescue us so I took down the sail and mast, took up the centerboard and brought in the rudder and lashed it all secure.'
  8. 'The boat suddenly lurched and spun about as the sail was unfurled and caught the wind.'
  9. 'There were no masts or sails for catching wind and the bottoms were completely flat.'
  10. 'We had to tie up the ships' sails with short pieces of ropes.'
  11. 'During a transition period at midcentury, the largest warships retained masts and sails while adding steampower and either paddle wheels or screw propellers.'
  12. 'Steam and iron eclipsed wood and sail in the 1850s.'
  13. 'Over the past three decades, O'Brian published 20 linked novels about the Royal Navy in the age of fighting sail.'
  14. 'This is the transition from sail to steam, in other words, and the owners of the sailboat cartel aren't very happy.'
  15. 'While initially, the supply to mariners for rigging and ropes was steady, when sail gave way to steam the market failed.'
  16. 'Two were in the field of motive power both on land with the railways and also at sea where it replaced sail.'
  17. 'He chooses to come to England by sail, not steamboat.'
  18. 'sail ahoy!'
A wind-catching apparatus attached to the arm of a windmill.
  1. 'Now Selby District Council will try to resolve the deadlock over the 45 ft former windmill, a four-storey building which no longer has a roof, sails or machinery.'
  2. 'A beautiful landscape shows several traditional thatched huts, but they all sport the sails seen on windmills across Holland.'
  3. 'Only the sky at the top of each card is left, demarcated by the missing outlines of windmill sails, or trees, or Table Mountain.'
  4. 'Moreover, and to re-emphasize the theme of branching, pelycosaurs included three major subgroups, only two bearing sails on their backs.'
  5. 'Some of these early reptiles had elaborate sails on the back.'
  6. 'None developed the distinctive sail that distinguished many pelycosaur groups.'
  7. 'Thus, in the early morning the animal could stand with its sail oriented toward the sun.'
A voyage or excursion in a ship, especially a sailing ship or boat.
  1. 'Kate and Josie Fraser lead out a group of fellow 2003 NCAS Sailing scholarship holders on a training sail at Ballina last November.'
  2. 'A night's frantic journey or a daring sail on the treacherous winter sea is all it would take to put an ambusher in their path.'
The conning tower of a submarine.
  1. 'The submarine Connecticut, a new Seawolf-class sub, had partly surfaced with its sail and rudder sticking through the ice on April 27.'
A canvas sheet or tarpaulin.
  1. 'The hotel is a low-level haven decorated with nets, bamboo, shells and thatch, where canvas sails serve as elegant sun-screens.'


Travel in a boat with sails, especially as a sport or recreation.
  1. 'But the crews are sailing downwind with the spinnaker up.'
  2. 'While on board, the young people will learn about sailing and seafaring and develop their own team working and interpersonal skills.'
  3. 'When he is not working he gets involved in outdoor sports such as sailing, a long time love, and listens to a wide range of music.'
  4. 'I christened her Gazelle, learned to sail on her, and took my wife and children sailing nearly every weekend.'
  5. 'What I have heard is comparing power boating to sailing.'
  6. 'From there, he went on to join a yacht crew to sail from Belize to Tahiti.'
  7. 'Mr Rothwell also believes the council should also make the cost of moorings cheaper for commercial hire sailing boats, to foster sailing on the lake.'
  8. 'Let us hope that some of the munificence will reach out to one of the world's cleanest, healthiest sports - yacht racing and sailing, especially for the young.'
  9. 'The oldest Scouts, together with the Explorer Scouts, also took part in keelboat sailing on the lake.'
  10. 'the ferry caught fire sailing between Caen and Portsmouth'
  11. 'Many of the crew had never sailed before with female sailors on board, so it was a new experience for all.'
  12. 'The Scottish Marine Vessel Nikki has completed her work in the harbour and has sailed to her home port.'
  13. 'Eight years later two armed Russian ships sailed along the Hamgyong coast and killed a few Korean civilians before leaving the region.'
  14. 'Amphibious assault ship HMS Bulwark has sailed for her first training programme under the White Ensign.'
  15. 'It will be the first time that the ship has sailed with the Duke's pennant flying.'
  16. 'Sblt Tielens sailed with the ship from his home port in Cairns to Darwin as part of the sailing ship's circumnavigation of the globe.'
  17. 'It takes time for ships to sail from their home ports to deployment areas.'
  18. 'The average British sailor of those times was not very literate, and often his world was encompassed by the ship he sailed in, sometimes for years at a time.'
  19. 'The weekend was rounded off by a Families Day, with the ship sailing back from Shoreham to Portsmouth to prepare for summer leave.'
  20. 'The Windstar cruise ship that I sailed on used the same exact anchorage, which is off the island of Santorini.'
  21. 'MEP Alyn Smith, sailed out of Mallaig harbour after signing up for a 48-hour fishing trip.'
  22. 'The British fleet is now long gone from Malta: in 1979, H.M.S. London sailed out of Valletta harbour and the link between the Royal Navy and Malta came to an end.'
  23. 'The ship left Fleet Base West in June, 2004 and deployed to Darwin for a month of intensive crew training, before sailing for the East Asian deployment.'
  24. 'Ships of the RAN will sail from Sydney Harbour to rendezvous with our international visitors off the coast.'
  25. 'The 75-metre boat was due to sail from her home port of Stromness for the last time today.'
  26. 'The ship, which sailed on February 11 to take up the job of Atlantic Patrol Task is expected back on August 18.'
  27. 'I joined Tarawa the day before she sailed from Pearl Harbour and, after a short mystery tour to find my cabin, set about trying to find employment.'
  28. 'It was from here that Captain Cook sailed on the epic voyage which led to the discovery of Australia.'
  29. 'As we sailed away from the harbour I realised how I was very fortunate to be one of the lucky few to be embarking on the challenge that lay ahead.'
  30. 'More likely he sailed the seas as trader or humble fisherman.'
  31. 'It profiles more than 250 ships now sailing the high seas and previews liners preparing for maiden voyages.'
  32. 'If you ever get the chance to sail the seven seas on one of those deluxe cruise ships and admire the shiny modern interior, you could be looking at product from Pattaya.'
  33. 'Since then, the number of ships sailing a Gulf of Alaska itinerary has grown to at least a dozen in 2004.'
  34. 'Granuaile sailed the seas of Clew Bay and beyond in the 16th century and was known far and wide for her fearless attempts to hold on to the ancient Gaelic way of life.'
  35. 'Power boats, he says, rely solely on an engine for propulsion and usually are not stable enough for sailing open seas.'
  36. 'The author provides readers with a way to travel around the world that recalls an earlier era - namely, sailing the high seas.'
  37. 'Nobody should wish it any harm because, among others, its ship sails the oceans protecting whales and dolphins, seals and fish from over-exploitation.'
  38. 'A year later, his cooking had him sailing the seas on a cruise ship, where he worked as a galley steward.'
  39. 'I stole a small fishing boat and sailed it to the Delta'
  40. 'The evidence of Mr. Andersson and Mr. Leander was that sailing the Yacht with the existing rig and an unmodified keel was not unsafe.'
  41. 'Taylor said it was also the last time the liner's captain, Roger Knight, will sail a ship out of a port.'
  42. 'Did you know that Keith is actually going to sail his yacht in the Sydney to Hobart race?'
  43. 'With a crewed charter, you don't have to worry about breakdowns or provisioning or getting checked out to sail the boat.'
  44. 'Many of her crew sail the ship in the film or were hired to train the cast in the running of the ship.'
  45. 'All tastes are catered for: you can sail a luxury yacht, play golf and dress up for dinner, or you can simply wander down to your local beach shack, sink a few Red Stripes and join an impromptu game of cricket.'
  46. 'Mr Green, 59, said he started sailing when he needed to get away from it all and helped sail a yacht from Greece to Holland, and hasn't looked back since.'
  47. 'And I'm thinking how lucky we passengers are to get to help sail a tall ship - even if it's only for a morning trip.'
Move smoothly and rapidly or in a stately or confident manner.
  1. 'I watched as his hand sailed smoothly across his page and how comfortable he looked as he carefully shaded and added texture to his drawing.'
  2. 'From a Craig Nelson kick the ball sailed the length of the pitch into the heart of the Celtic area.'
  3. 'Bonds never moved in left field as the ball sailed far above him - a drive estimated at 434 feet.'
  4. 'And as the third sailed greenwards I began to think of that holiday in Thailand it seemed perfect but hit the front of the green and dropped into the water!'
  5. 'It often takes time and effort to keep a friendship sailing smoothly, but it's worth it.'
  6. 'But thanks to its new strategy, FedEx is sailing much more smoothly through this downturn.'
  7. 'Finding the funding to get the plan off the ground was the most daunting task, but once launched, the Leeds International Film Festival sailed forth like a stately galleon.'
  8. 'His persistence in chasing down his own kick caught Hornets winger Cooper in two minds and before he'd time to blink, Cardoza had swept onto the loose ball and sailed away to the posts.'
  9. 'In the turn, Lion Tamer moved four wide to sail past rivals and seize the lead in early stretch.'
  10. 'Butler, who had now taken over the kicking duties from Feeney, looked to have struck the conversion well but into the difficult breeze, the ball sailed narrowly to the right.'
  11. 'Ali sailed through his exams'
  12. 'Up next, while it may be smooth sailing through the Senate for Colin Powell, are there confirmation battles ahead for other Bush administration nominees?'
  13. 'The client requests the change and feels she's done her part - and your design, which was perfect all along, sails through to approval.'
  14. 'Pupils can sail through peripheral subjects, but test them in the only ones which matter and they fall apart.'
  15. 'Despite the festive season, both boxers registered their weights within the required limit and sailed through their medical tests.'
  16. 'I was lazy at school but usually sailed through exams with minimal revision and maximum guilt and stress.'
  17. 'Bill C - 43 sails through the house, with everyone except the Bloc voting for the Bill.'
  18. 'If you've got access to computers, books, educational trips plus time and help from your parents, you are far more likely to sail through the exam process.'
  19. 'So it will be obvious if many kids in a state fail the national exam but sail through on the state one.'
  20. 'Then, in the most bizarre political claim of the year, Stephen Harper claimed that the gay marriage law lacked legitimacy because it was sailing through with the support of the Bloc.'
  21. 'February 1968: With Kerry aboard, the Gridley sails into war to patrol the coast of Vietnam.'

More definitions

1. an area of canvas or other fabric extended to the wind in such a way as to transmit the force of the wind to an assemblage of spars and rigging mounted firmly on a hull, raft, iceboat, etc., so as to drive it along.

2. some similar piece or apparatus, as the part of an arm that catches the wind on a windmill.

3. a voyage or excursion, especially in a sailing vessel: They went for a sail around the island.

4. a sailing vessel or ship.

5. sailing vessels collectively: The fleet num

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be sail from places."

"people can be sail towards atolls."

"people can be sail to places."

"people can be sail down coasts."

"people can be sail."

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Old English segel (noun), seglian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zeil and German Segel (nouns).


in (or under) full sail
take in sail
under sail