An example of a sail is how Christopher Columbus' ship moved through the ocean.
An example of sail is a bird gliding on a headwind in the sky.
An example of sail is to finish a three hour task in one hour.
Sailed into the room five minutes late; sailed through the exam; sailed through the red light.
The ball sailed into the stands.
Sail the Pacific.
Twenty sail were in sight.
We sail for Australia tomorrow.
- With the sails up; sailing.
- To sail a course that slants slightly away from the true direction of the wind; sail closehauled.
- To work under difficulties or against direct opposition.
- To sail as nearly as possible straight against the wind.
- To be economical in one's affairs.
- To border on indecency, foolhardiness, etc.
- To hoist the sails in preparation for departure.
- To start out on a voyage by water.
- To lower sails, as in order to reduce the area of sail set.
- Sailing; with sails set.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of sail
- Middle English seil from Old English segl Sail into from obsolete sail to attack from Middle English sailen short for assailen assail
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old English seÄ¡lian, cognate to earlier Middle Low German segelen and its descendant Low German sailen.