Sail Sail, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sailed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sailing}.] [AS. segelian, seglian. See {Sail}, n.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To move through or on the water; to swim, as a fish or a water fowl. [1913 Webster]

3. To be conveyed in a vessel on water; to pass by water; as, they sailed from London to Canton. [1913 Webster]

4. To set sail; to begin a voyage. [1913 Webster]

5. To move smoothly through the air; to glide through the air without apparent exertion, as a bird. [1913 Webster]

As is a winged messenger of heaven, . . . When he bestrides the lazy pacing clouds, And sails upon the bosom of the air. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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