Definition for SAIL

SAIL, v.i.

  1. To be impelled or driven forward by the action of wind upon sails, as a ship on water. A ship sails from New York for Liverpool. She sails ten knots an hour. She sails well close-hauled.
  2. To be conveyed in a vessel on water; to pass by water. We sailed from London to Canton.
  3. To swim. Little dolphins, when they sail / In the vast shadow of the British whale. – Dryden.
  4. To set sail; to begin a voyage. We sailed from New York for Havre, June 15, 1824. We sailed from Cowes for New York, May 10, 1825. – N. W.
  5. To be carried in the air, as a balloon.
  6. To pass smoothly along. As is a wing'd messenger from heaven, / When he bestrides the lazy pacing clouds, / And sails upon the bosom of the air. – Shak.
  7. To fly without striking with the wings.

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