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Oxford dictionary definition of the word sail:
1a piece of material extended on a mast to catch the wind and propel a boat or ship or other vessel:
all the sails were unfurled
[mass noun] the use of sailing ships as a means of transport:
this led to bigger ships as steam replaced sail
archaic a sailing ship:
2something resembling a sail in shape or function, in particular:
a wind-catching apparatus attached to the arm of a windmill.
the broad fin on the back of a sailfish or of some prehistoric reptiles.
a structure by which an animal is propelled across the surface of water by the wind, e.g. the float of a Portuguese man-of-war.
3a voyage or excursion in a ship, especially a sailing ship or boat:
they went for a sail
4the conning tower of a submarine.
5South African a canvas sheet or tarpaulin:
the sail covering the load of crates broke loose from the truck
[loan translation, based on Dutch seil ‘tarpaulin’]
1travel in a boat with sails, especially as a sport or recreation:
Ian took us out sailing on the lake
[with adverbial] travel in a ship or boat using sails or engine power:
the ferry caught fire sailing between Caen and Portsmouth
[with adverbial] begin a voyage; leave a harbour:
the catamaran sails at 3:30
[with object] travel by ship on or across (a sea) or on (a route):
plastic ships could be sailing the oceans soon
[with object and adverbial of direction] navigate or control (a boat or ship):
I stole a small fishing boat and sailed it to the Delta
2 [with adverbial of direction] move smoothly and rapidly or in a stately or confident manner:
the ball sailed inside the right-hand post
(sail through) informal succeed easily at (something, especially a test or examination):
Ali sailed through his exams
(sail into) informal attack physically or verbally with force.
in (or under) full sail
with all the sails in position or fully spread:
a galleon in full sail
take in sail
furl the sail or sails of a vessel.
with the sails hoisted:
at a speed of eight knots under sail
a black-sailed ship
Old English segel (noun), seglian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zeil and German Segel (nouns)