Associations to the word «Sail»


SAIL, noun. (nautical) A piece of fabric attached to a boat and arranged such that it causes the wind to drive the boat along. The sail may be attached to the boat via a combination of mast, spars and ropes.
SAIL, noun. (uncountable) The power harnessed by a sail or sails, or the use this power for travel or transport.
SAIL, noun. A trip in a boat, especially a sailboat.
SAIL, noun. (dated) A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft. Plural sail.
SAIL, noun. The blade of a windmill.
SAIL, noun. A tower-like structure found on the dorsal (topside) surface of submarines.
SAIL, noun. The floating organ of siphonophores, such as the Portuguese man-of-war.
SAIL, noun. (fishing) A sailfish.
SAIL, noun. (paleontology) an outward projection of the spine, occurring in certain dinosaurs and synapsids
SAIL, noun. Anything resembling a sail, such as a wing.
SAIL, verb. To be impelled or driven forward by the action of wind upon sails, as a ship on water; to be impelled on a body of water by steam or other power.
SAIL, verb. To move through or on the water; to swim, as a fish or a waterfowl.
SAIL, verb. To ride in a boat, especially a sailboat.
SAIL, verb. To set sail; to begin a voyage.
SAIL, verb. To move briskly and gracefully through the air.
SAIL, verb. To move briskly.
SAIL CLOSE TO THE WIND, verb. (nautical) To sail in a direction close to that from which the wind is blowing, but still making headway
SAIL CLOSE TO THE WIND, verb. (idiomatic) To behave in a manner that is on the verge of being dangerous, improper or illegal
SAIL COAT, noun. (nautical) A canvas cover laced over furled sails etc. to keep them dry and clean.
SAIL CURVE, noun. (geometry) A catenary-generated curve in the form of a cross-section of a sail filled by wind.
SAIL FINE, verb. (nautical) To sail as close to the wind as possible.
SAIL THROUGH, verb. To pass or progress quickly and easily.

Dictionary definition

SAIL, noun. A large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel.
SAIL, noun. An ocean trip taken for pleasure.
SAIL, noun. Any structure that resembles a sail.
SAIL, verb. Traverse or travel on (a body of water); "We sailed the Atlantic"; "He sailed the Pacific all alone".
SAIL, verb. 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".
SAIL, verb. Travel on water propelled by wind; "I love sailing, especially on the open sea"; "the ship sails on".
SAIL, verb. Travel on water propelled by wind or by other means; "The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow".

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