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  • v. To sail faster or further that another

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To excel, or to leave behind, in sailing; to sail faster than.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To sail faster than; leave behind in sailing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. sail faster or better than


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out- +‎ sail


  • “It is a losing race,” he said; “no ship can outsail death.”

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • If we're to outsmart and outsail the Ilse Witch and her Mwellrets and perhaps do battle with Black Moclips, we have to be at our best.


  • To begin with, service on board a privateer was more carefree and democratic, safer since a privateer was generally “so heavily sparred,” writes one historian, “that she could outsail a more powerful vessel”, and more lucrative.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • She could outsail her square-rigged pursuers, and she did.

    Sharpe's Siege

  • Although the advantage, except in casualties, was on the side of Destouches, he had decided that the British could outsail his fleet, could get into the Chesapeake before him, and that, therefore, it seemed best to return to Newport.


  • We soon perceived that she could outsail our brig and if the wind held would escape.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue

  • Many of the Spanish ships were larger than the English ships, but they were so clumsy that the English could outsail them and attack them from any direction they chose.

    Introductory American History

  • "The Curlew is about even with her, but they ain't one o 'them that can outsail her."

    The Crime of the French Café and Other Stories

  • Who'd have looked for a garbled story of our misfortunes to outsail us?

    The Mutineers

  • So, while the Collins ships continued steadily to outsail the Cunarders and got the bulk of the passenger traffic, the

    Manual of Ship Subsidies


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