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Definition of sail:

  1. A passage by a sailing vessel; a journey or excursion upon the water.
  2. A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft.
  3. A wing; a van.
  4. An extent of canvas or other fabric by means of which the wind is made serviceable as a power for propelling vessels through the water.
  5. Anything resembling a sail, or regarded as a sail.
  6. The extended surface of the arm of a windmill.
  7. To be conveyed in a vessel on water; to pass by water; as, they sailed from London to Canton.
  8. 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 the action of steam or other power.
  9. To direct or manage the motion of, as a vessel; as, to sail one's own ship.
  10. To fly through; to glide or move smoothly through.
  11. To move smoothly through the air; to glide through the air without apparent exertion, as a bird.
  12. To move through or on the water; to swim, as a fish or a water fowl.
  13. To pass or move upon, as in a ship, by means of sails; hence, to move or journey upon ( the water) by means of steam or other force.
  14. To set sail; to begin a voyage.


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