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  • adj. Lacking a sail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of sails.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no sails.


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  • Elsinore, sailless, drifted about that morning, the sport of wind and wave; and the gang put many lines overboard for the catching of molly-hawks and albatrosses.


  • As it is, sailless, she drifts around and about and makes nowhere save for the slight northerly drift each day.


  • This solemn, silent, sailless sea—this lonely tenant of the loneliest spot on earth—is little graced with the picturesque.


  • Twenty and thirty times a day he would reel out of his tent, a brimming beaker in one hand, stagger the short distance to the shore, and look toward the shipless, sailless harbor mouth.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • The sailless sea smiles in ripples, and strews its verge with treasures for my acceptance.

    Tropic Days

  • The sun rises, travels across a cloudless sky, gleams on a sailless sea, disappears behind purple mountains gilding their outline, and the day is done.

    Tropic Days

  • "A dozen books or scrolls out of more than five hundred, and none of them say much except that the Old Rationalists had enough power to incinerate a magic forest, move rivers, and build horseless wagons and sailless ships."

    The Chaos Balance

  • Just as I, so often on short voyage, was glad to wrench my eyes away from that horrid vacancy, to fasten them upon our sailless masts and stack, or to lay my grip upon the sooty smudged taffrail of the only thing that stood between me and the Outer Dark.

    The Ship That Saw a Ghost

  • He pointed to the broad, sailless expanse of the Glittergeist.

    The Day of the Dissonance

  • -- In the midst of a stormy sea, on which night seemed fast settling down, a helmless, mastless, sailless bark lay weltering giddily, and in it sat a man in the full flower of vigorous manhood.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 35, September, 1860


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