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  • v. Present participle of outsail.


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  • The Serapis was outsailing the Bonhomme Richard “by two feet to one,” recorded Fanning.

    John Paul Jones

  • Captain Foley led the way in the GOLIATH, outsailing the ZEALOUS, which for some minutes disputed this post of honour with him.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • 'Twas clear she was outsailing us, and the seasoned mariners among my comrades foretold that in a couple of hours we should be at her mercy.

    Humphrey Bold A Story of the Times of Benbow

  • When the chimes of the campanili had dimmed to a faint cadence, like some unuttered rhythm of thought, as the distance grew between the outsailing fleet and all that pageantry of Venice, two faces stood forth like visions from the bewildering pictures of the morning and dwelt with

    The Royal Pawn of Venice A Romance of Cyprus

  • It now appeared that we must be taken, and that our escape was impossible, four heavy ships nearly within gunshot and coming up fast, and not the least hope of a breeze to give us a chance of getting off by outsailing them.

    The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876

  • The remarkable sea-going qualities exhibited by these lake-built crafts, outsailing, as they did, ocean clippers and weathering gales that sent sea-going ships flying helpless before the storm, attracted the attention of Eastern ship-owners, and orders were received for vessels to be built for the Atlantic coasting trade.

    Cleveland Past and Present Its Representative Men

  • She was both head-reaching and outsailing us; in half an hour she would have been right ahead of us, and in an hour the sun would be down.

    The Capture of a Slaver

  • He at once assumed command, ordered the cable cut, and, pistol in hand, drove the crew to the work of making sail; confident as he had the wind in his favor, of outsailing the patrolling vessels.

    'Little Africa': The Last Slave Cargo Landed in the United States

  • From her motions, and the way she rose before them, she was evidently a very speedy ship, capable of outsailing every vessel of Seymour's little fleet without difficulty, except possibly the brig Fair American.

    For Love of Country A Story of Land and Sea in the Days of the Revolution

  • We drew gradually nearer to the stranger, who, like us, was carrying all the sail he had got, but, being able to go a point or two free, was outsailing us.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales


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