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Meaning & Definition of Sail in English

English

Sail

/sel/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • sail
  • ,
  • canvas
  • ,
  • canvass
  • ,
  • sheet

2. An ocean trip taken for pleasure

    synonym:
  • cruise
  • ,
  • sail

3. Any structure that resembles a sail

    synonym:
  • sail

verb

1. Traverse or travel on (a body of water)

  • "We sailed the atlantic"
  • "He sailed the pacific all alone"
    synonym:
  • sail

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"
    synonym:
  • sweep
  • ,
  • sail

3. Travel on water propelled by wind

  • "I love sailing, especially on the open sea"
  • "The ship sails on"
    synonym:
  • sail

4. Travel on water propelled by wind or by other means

  • "The qe2 will sail to southampton tomorrow"
    synonym:
  • voyage
  • ,
  • sail
  • ,
  • navigate

Examples of using

Can you sail a boat?
Let's go for a sail.
They began to sail to their home.