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Definition of Sail


  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.
  2. Anything resembling a sail, or regarded as a sail.
  3. A wing; a van.
  4. The extended surface of the arm of a windmill.
  5. A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft.
  6. A passage by a sailing vessel; a journey or excursion upon the water.
  7. 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.
  8. To move through or on the water; to swim, as a fish or a water fowl.
  9. To be conveyed in a vessel on water; to pass by water; as, they sailed from London to Canton.
  10. To set sail; to begin a voyage.
  11. To move smoothly through the air; to glide through the air without apparent exertion, as a bird.
  12. 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.
  13. To fly through; to glide or move smoothly through.
  14. To direct or manage the motion of, as a vessel; as, to sail one's own ship.
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Sail Translations

sail in Afrikaans is seil
sail in Danish is sejl, sejle
sail in Dutch is zeilen
sail in Finnish is purje
sail in French is voile, cingler
sail in German is segeln, Segel, Segel
sail in Italian is veleggiare
sail in Latin is no, velum
sail in Spanish is derrame
sail in Swedish is segla, avsegla, segel