1. [ verb ] (nautical,transportation) traverse or travel by ship on (a body of water)

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

Related terms: travel sailor cruise
2. [ verb ] move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
Synonyms: sweep

"The diva swept into the room" "Shreds of paper sailed through the air" "The searchlights swept across the sky"

Related terms: move swan breeze_through pass breeze_through brush
3. [ noun ] (nautical,clothing) a large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
Synonyms: canvass sheet canvas
Related terms: piece_of_cloth crossjack foresail fore-topsail fore-and-aft_sail mainsail main-topsail balloon_sail press_of_sail royal headsail save-all skysail square_sail topgallant topsail sailing_vessel
4. [ noun ] (nautical,transportation) an ocean trip taken for pleasure
Synonyms: cruise
Related terms: ocean_trip voyage cruise
5. [ verb ] (nautical,transportation) travel in a boat propelled by wind

"I love sailing, especially on the open sea"

Related terms: boat tack run beat tack outpoint jibe weather luff scud navigation sailing
6. [ verb ] (nautical,transportation) travel by boat on a boat propelled by wind or by other means
Synonyms: navigate voyage

"The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow"

Related terms: travel astrogate cruise cruise voyage voyager navigation
Similar spelling:   Sal