Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The skill required to operate and navigate a vessel; navigation.
  • noun The sport of operating or riding in a sailboat.
  • noun Departure or time of departure from a port.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who or of that which sails.
  • noun The art or rules of navigation; the art or the act of directing a ship on a given line laid down in a chart; also, the rules by which a ship's tack is determined and represented on a chart, and by which the problems relating to it are solved.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of one who, or that which, sails; the motion of a vessel on water, impelled by wind or steam; the act of starting on a voyage.
  • noun (Naut.) The art of managing a vessel; seamanship; navigation.
  • noun (U. S. Navy) formerly, a warrant officer, ranking next below a lieutenant, whose duties were to navigate the vessel; and under the direction of the executive officer, to attend to the stowage of the hold, to the cables, rigging, etc. The grade was merged in that of master in 1862.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Motion across a body of water in a craft powered by the wind, as a sport or otherwise
  • noun Navigation; the skill needed to operate and navigate a vessel
  • noun The time of departure from a port
  • adjective Travelling by ship
  • verb Present participle of sail.

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

  • noun the activity of flying a glider
  • noun the work of a sailor
  • noun the departure of a vessel from a port
  • noun riding in a sailboat

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Examples

  • A British cruiser chased us fruitlessly for two days off Sierra Leone, and enabled me not only to test the sailing qualities, but to get the _sailing trim_ of the "Estrella," in perfection.

    Captain Canot or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver

  • From now on it is plain sailing, and Seattle suddenly seems quite near.

    CHAPTER XLI

  • Andrés de Urdaneta sets sail from the Philippine Islands on what eventually becomes recognized as a landmark voyage in sailing history.

    Mexico this month - June

  • Team New Zealand says it will compete in sailing's 2011 Volvo Ocean Race and expects former America's Cup-holder Alinghi to also take part. sailing | Comment | Recommend

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  • "It seems to me the headwind into which we're sailing is not so extreme as it's been for half a century," said Charles Ballard, an economics professor at Michigan State University.

    Gov. Granholm's economic and political legacy

  • Andrés de Urdaneta sets sail from the Philippine Islands on what eventually becomes recognized as a landmark voyage in sailing history.

    Mexico this month - June

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Team New Zealand says it will compete in sailing's 2011 Volvo Ocean Race and expects former America's Cup-holder Alinghi to also take part.

    Team NZ enters Volvo Ocean Race

  • "No point in sailing today, unless you desire a net full of kelp."

    Conan Fan Fiction!

  • Ulysses was nine days in sailing from Ismarus, the city of the Ciconians, to the country of the Lotus-eaters — a period of time which to-day would breed anxiety in the hearts of the underwriters should it be occupied by the slowest tramp steamer in traversing the Mediterranean and Black seas from Gibraltar to Sebastopol.

    The Shrinkage of the Planet

  • "No point in sailing today, unless you desire a net full of kelp."

    Archive 2009-12-01

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