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NOUN (3)

1. a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel;
[syn: sail, canvas, canvass, sheet]

2. an ocean trip taken for pleasure;
[syn: cruise, sail]

3. any structure that resembles a sail;


VERB (4)

1. traverse or travel on (a body of water);
- Example: "We sailed the Atlantic"
- Example: "He sailed the Pacific all alone"

2. move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions;
- Example: "The diva swept into the room"
- Example: "Shreds of paper sailed through the air"
- Example: "The searchlights swept across the sky"
[syn: sweep, sail]

3. travel on water propelled by wind;
- Example: "I love sailing, especially on the open sea"
- Example: "the ship sails on"

4. travel on water propelled by wind or by other means;
- Example: "The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow"
[syn: voyage, sail, navigate]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 water. [1913 Webster] Behoves him now both sail and oar. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything resembling a sail, or regarded as a sail. [1913 Webster] 3. A wing; a van. [Poetic] [1913 Webster] Like an eagle soaring To weather his broad sails. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 4. The extended surface of the arm of a windmill. [1913 Webster] 5. A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft. [1913 Webster] Note: In this sense, the plural has usually the same form as the singular; as, twenty sail were in sight. [1913 Webster] 6. A passage by a sailing vessel; a journey or excursion upon the water. [1913 Webster] Note: Sails are of two general kinds, fore-and-aft sails, and square sails. Square sails are always bent to yards, with their foot lying across the line of the vessel. Fore-and-aft sails are set upon stays or gaffs with their foot in line with the keel. A fore-and-aft sail is triangular, or quadrilateral with the after leech longer than the fore leech. Square sails are quadrilateral, but not necessarily square. See Phrases under Fore, a., and Square, a.; also, Bark, Brig, Schooner, Ship, Stay. [1913 Webster] Sail burton (Naut.), a purchase for hoisting sails aloft for bending. Sail fluke (Zool.), the whiff. Sail hook, a small hook used in making sails, to hold the seams square. Sail loft, a loft or room where sails are cut out and made. Sail room (Naut.), a room in a vessel where sails are stowed when not in use. Sail yard (Naut.), the yard or spar on which a sail is extended. Shoulder-of-mutton sail (Naut.), a triangular sail of peculiar form. It is chiefly used to set on a boat's mast. To crowd sail. (Naut.) See under Crowd. To loose sails (Naut.), to unfurl or spread sails. To make sail (Naut.), to extend an additional quantity of sail. To set a sail (Naut.), to extend or spread a sail to the wind. To set sail (Naut.), to unfurl or spread the sails; hence, to begin a voyage. To shorten sail (Naut.), to reduce the extent of sail, or take in a part. To strike sail (Naut.), to lower the sails suddenly, as in saluting, or in sudden gusts of wind; hence, to acknowledge inferiority; to abate pretension. Under sail, having the sails spread. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 through; to glide or move smoothly through. [1913 Webster] Sublime she sails The aerial space, and mounts the wing[`e]d gales. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. To direct or manage the motion of, as a vessel; as, to sail one's own ship. --Totten. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 steam or other power. [1913 Webster] 2. To move through or on the water; to swim, as a fish or a water fowl. [1913 Webster] 3. To be conveyed in a vessel on water; to pass by water; as, they sailed from London to Canton. [1913 Webster] 4. To set sail; to begin a voyage. [1913 Webster] 5. To move smoothly through the air; to glide through the air without apparent exertion, as a bird. [1913 Webster] As is a winged messenger of heaven, . . . When he bestrides the lazy pacing clouds, And sails upon the bosom of the air. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sail n 1: a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel [syn: sail, canvas, canvass, sheet] 2: an ocean trip taken for pleasure [syn: cruise, sail] 3: any structure that resembles a sail v 1: traverse or travel on (a body of water); "We sailed the Atlantic"; "He sailed the Pacific all alone" 2: move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions; "The diva swept into the room"; "Shreds of paper sailed through the air"; "The searchlights swept across the sky" [syn: sweep, sail] 3: travel on water propelled by wind; "I love sailing, especially on the open sea"; "the ship sails on" 4: travel on water propelled by wind or by other means; "The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow" [syn: voyage, sail, navigate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

178 Moby Thesaurus words for "sail": aeroplane, airlift, airplane, balloon, balloon sail, batten, be airborne, be effortless, be painless, boat, boltrope, breeze, canoe, canvas, carry sail, circumnavigate, clew, cloth, coast, course, cringle, cross, crossing, crowd of sail, cruise, dart, drift, earing, embark, ferry, fleet, flit, float, flow, fly, fly-by-night, flying kites, foot, fore gaff-topsail, fore topgallant sail, fore-and-aft sail, fore-skysail, fore-topmast staysail, fore-topsail, foreroyal, foresail, forestaysail, galley, get under way, ghost, give no trouble, glide, glissade, go by ship, go easily, go like clockwork, go off soundings, go on shipboard, go to sea, have way upon, head, hop, hover, hydroplane, ice-skate, jenny, jet, jib, jigger, leech, leg, leg-of-mutton sail, loose-footed sail, luff, lug, main gaff-topsail, main royal, main skysail, main-royal staysail, main-topsail, mainsail, make a passage, mizzen, mizzen skysail, mizzen staysail, mizzen-royal staysail, mizzen-topgallant sail, moonraker, moonsail, motorboat, muslin, navigate, ocean trip, parachute spinnaker, passage, pilot, plain sail, plane, plow the deep, ply, present no difficulties, press of sail, push off, put off, put to sea, rag, reduced sail, reef, reef point, reefed sail, ride, ride the sea, roll, roller-skate, row, royal, run, run smoothly, sail away, sail round, sail the sea, sailboat, sailing boat, sailing cruiser, sailing ship, sailing vessel, sailplane, scud, scull, sea trip, seafare, seaplane, set sail, shakedown cruise, shoot, shove off, sideslip, skate, skateboard, ski, skid, skim, skyscraper, sled, sleigh, slide, slip, slither, soar, spanker, spinnaker, spitfire, square sail, staysail, steam, steamboat, steer, stern staysail, storm trysail, sweep, take a voyage, take the air, take wing, tall ship, toboggan, topsail, traverse, trysail, volplane, voyage, waft, walk the waters, windboat, windjammer, windship, wing, work well, yacht
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):

SAIL Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory [language] (USA, AI)
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):

SAIL /sayl/, /S?A?I?L/, n. 1. The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. An important site in the early development of LISP; with the MIT AI Lab, BBN, CMU, XEROX PARC, and the Unix community, one of the major wellsprings of technical innovation and hacker-culture traditions (see the WAITS entry for details). The SAIL machines were shut down in late May 1990, scant weeks after the MIT AI Lab's ITS cluster was officially decommissioned. 2. The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Language used at SAIL (sense 1). It was an Algol-60 derivative with a coroutining facility and some new data types intended for building search trees and association lists.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

SAIL 1. Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. 2. Stanford Artificial Intelligence Language. 3. An early system on the Larc computer. [Listed in CACM 2(5):16, May 1959]. [Jargon File] (2001-06-22)