sail: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (sāl), [key]
- 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.
- some similar piece or apparatus, as the part of an arm that catches the wind on a windmill.
- a voyage or excursion, esp. in a sailing vessel: They went for a sail around the island.
- a sailing vessel or ship.
- sailing vessels collectively: The fleet numbered 30 sail.
- sails for a vessel or vessels collectively.
- (cap.)the constellation Vela.
- with the sails set.
- Make sail for the Leeward Islands.
- to set the sail or sails of a boat or increase the amount of sail already set.
- to set out on a voyage:Make sail for the Leeward Islands.
- to start a sea voyage:Nantucket. We set sail at midnight for
- to cut expenses; economize: We're going to have to trim our sails if we stay in business.
- with sails set; in motion; sailing: It was good to be under sail in the brisk wind and under the warm sun.
- to move along or travel over water: steamships sailing to Lisbon.
- to manage a sailboat, esp. for sport.
- to begin a journey by water: We are sailing at dawn.
- to move along in a manner suggestive of a sailing vessel: caravans sailing along.
- to move along in a stately, effortless way: to sail into a room.
- to sail upon, over, or through: to sail the seven seas.
- to navigate (a vessel).
- He would sail into his staff when work was going badly.
- to go vigorously into action; begin to act; attack.
- to attack verbally:He would sail into his staff when work was going badly.
- sail (Thesaurus)