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Definition 1: an ocean trip taken for pleasure - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for sail in the sense of this definition

(sail is a kind of ...) an act of traveling by water

Definition 2: a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for sail in the sense of this definition

(sail is a kind of ...) a separate part consisting of fabric

(... is a kind of sail ) a sail set on a yard of a topgallant mast

(... is a kind of sail ) a four-sided sail set beneath a horizontal yard suspended at the middle from a mast

(... is a kind of sail ) the sail above the royal on a square-rigger

(... is a kind of sail ) a sail set to catch wind spilled from a larger sail

(... is a kind of sail ) a sail set next above the topgallant on a royal mast

(... is a kind of sail ) the greatest amount of sail that a ship can carry safely

(... is a kind of sail ) any light loose sail

(... is a kind of sail ) a topsail set on the mainmast

(... is a kind of sail ) the lowermost sail on the mainmast

(... is a kind of sail ) any sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel

(... is a kind of sail ) the lowest sail on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel

(... is a kind of sail ) any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction

(... is a kind of sail ) the lowermost sail on a mizzenmast

(... is a kind of sail ) a sail (or either of a pair of sails) immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast

(sail is a part of ...) one of several strips across a sail that can be taken in or rolled up to lessen the area of the sail that is exposed to the wind

(... is part of sail) a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts

Definition 3: any structure that resembles a sail - [noun denoting artifact]

(sail is a kind of ...) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

"the structure consisted of a series of arches" "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

Definition 4: travel on water propelled by wind - [verb of motion]

Samples where sail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I love sailing, especially on the open sea
  • the ship sails on

(sail is a kind of ...) ride in a boat on water

(... is a kind of sail ) shift from one side of the ship to the other

"The sail jibbed wildly"

(... is a kind of sail ) turn away from the wind

"The sailors decided it was time to wear ship"

(... is a kind of sail ) turn into the wind

"The sailors decided to tack the boat" "The boat tacked"

(... is a kind of sail ) sail closer to the wind than

(... is a kind of sail ) run before a gale

(... is a kind of sail ) sail with much tacking or with difficulty

"The boat beat in the strong wind"

(... is a kind of sail ) sail to the windward of

(... is a kind of sail ) sail close to the wind

(... is a kind of sail ) sail before the wind

(sail belongs to category ...) the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place

Definition 5: move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions - [verb of motion]

Samples where sail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for sail in the sense of this definition

(sail is a kind of ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(... is a kind of sail ) sweep majestically

"Airplanes were swanning over the mountains"

(sail has a similar meaning as ...) sweep across or over

"Her long skirt brushed the floor" "A gasp swept cross the audience"

Definition 6: travel on water propelled by wind or by other means - [verb of motion]

Samples where sail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow

Synonyms for sail in the sense of this definition

(sail is a kind of ...) undertake a journey or trip

(... is a kind of sail ) navigate in space

(... is a kind of sail ) sail or travel about for pleasure, relaxation, or sightseeing

"We were cruising in the Caribbean"

Definition 7: traverse or travel on (a body of water) - [verb of motion]

Samples where sail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(sail is a kind of ...) travel upon or across

"travel the oceans"

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