sail

{{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}}
noun
ADJECTIVE
main (usually mainsail)
canvas
VERB + SAIL
hoist, raise, rig
drop, lower
adjust, trim
fill

The dinghy gathered speed as the wind filled her sails.

reef, shorten
furl, unfurl
SAIL + VERB
billow, flap, flutter

The bay was full of boats with billowing sails.

fill
hang

The white canvas sail hung limply against the mast.

catch the air, catch the wind

The sails caught the wind once more and they were on their way.

SAIL + NOUN
boat (usually sailboat) (AmE)
PHRASES
the days of sail

The boat is preserved as a monument to the days of sail.

in full sail, under full sail

a pirate ship under full sail

set sail (for … )

We set sail for France at first light.

under sail

The ship came in under sail and anchored near us.

{{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}}
verb
ADVERB
gracefully, serenely, smoothly
single-handed

to sail single-handed around the world

away, back, off, on, out, past

The boat sailed gracefully on into the distance.

VERB + SAIL
know how to
learn to
teach sb to
PREPOSITION
across

He sailed across the Atlantic.

around, round (esp. BrE)

to sail around the world

for

The ferry sailed for Staten Island.

from, to

We were sailing from Dover to Calais.

Sail is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ball, ↑boat, ↑ferry, ↑ship, ↑vessel, ↑yacht
Sail is used with these nouns as the object: ↑boat, ↑dinghy, ↑ocean, ↑sea, ↑ship, ↑yacht

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Sail — Sail, n. [OE. seil, AS. segel, segl; akin to D. zeil, OHG. segal, G. & Sw. segel, Icel. segl, Dan. seil. [root] 153.] 1. An extent of canvas or other fabric by means of which the wind is made serviceable as a power for propelling vessels through… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sail — [sāl] n. [ME seil, sail < OE segl, akin to Ger segel, prob. ult. < IE base * sek , to cut > L secare, to cut, segmentum, segment] 1. any of the shaped sheets of canvas or other strong material spread to catch or deflect the wind, by… …   English World dictionary

  • sail — ► NOUN 1) a piece of material extended on a mast to catch the wind and propel a boat or ship. 2) a wind catching apparatus attached to the arm of a windmill. 3) a voyage or excursion in a sailing boat or ship. ► VERB 1) travel in a sailing boat… …   English terms dictionary

  • Sail 8 — was an attempt at sailing protesters from Cherbourg in Northern France to Edinburgh in Scotland, as part of the 2005 Make Poverty History campaign. Taking place on 3 July 2005, the day after Live 8, the event was intended to be another aspect of… …   Wikipedia

  • Sail — Sail, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sailed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sailing}.] [AS. segelian, seglian. See {Sail}, n.] 1. To be impelled or driven forward by the action of wind upon sails, as a ship on water; to be impelled on a body of water by the action of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sail — Sail, v. t. 1. To pass or move upon, as in a ship, by means of sails; hence, to move or journey upon (the water) by means of steam or other force. [1913 Webster] A thousand ships were manned to sail the sea. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To fly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sail — [v] travel through water, air; glide boat, captain, cast anchor, cast off, cross, cruise, dart, drift, embark, flit, float, fly, get under way*, leave, make headway, motor, move, navigate, pilot, put to sea*, reach, run, scud, set sail, shoot,… …   New thesaurus

  • sail — |a í| s. m. Óleo de peixe.   ‣ Etimologia: alteração de saim …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • sail — vb float, skim, scud, shoot, dart, *fly …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sail — sail, to put to sea; to begin a voyage To get ship under way in complete readiness for voyage, with purpose of proceeding without further delay …   Black's law dictionary

  • sail|er — «SAY luhr», noun. 1. a ship with reference to its sailing power: »the best sailer in the fleet, a fast sailer. 2. a sailing vessel …   Useful english dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.