- With the sails up; sailing.
- set sail (see phrase below)
- 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 hoist the sails in preparation for departure
- to start out on a voyage by water
Other Word Forms of Sail
Origin of Sail
From Old English seġel, from Proto-Germanic *seglą (compare earlier Middle Low German segel and later Low German sail), cognate with Dutch zeil, German Segel, Danish sejl), from pre-Germanic/Celtic sek-lo (compare Welsh hwyl, Irish séol), from Proto-Indo-European *sek- 'to cut'. More at saw.
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 seġlian, cognate to earlier Middle Low German segelen and its descendant Low German sailen.
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