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Meaning of SAIL

Pronunciation:  seyl

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  1. [n]  an ocean trip taken for pleasure
  2. [n]  a large piece of fabric (as canvas) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
  3. [v]  travel by boat on a boat propelled by wind or by other means; "The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow"
  4. [v]  traverse or travel by ship on (a body of water); "We sailed the Atlantic"; "He sailed the Pacific all alone"
  5. [v]  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"
  6. [v]  travel in a boat propelled by wind; "I love sailing, especially on the open sea"

SAIL is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: canvas, canvass, cruise, navigate, sheet, sweep, voyage
 See Also: ace, astrogate, balloon sail, beat, boat, breeze through, change course, crossjack, cruise, fore-and-aft sail, foresail, gybe, headsail, jib, jibe, journey, luff, mainsail, main-topsail, mizzen course, move, nail, ocean trip, outpoint, pass with flying colors, piece of cloth, piece of material, point, press of canvas, press of sail, rack, royal, run, sail through, sailing ship, sailing vessel, save-all, scud, skysail, square sail, swan, sweep through, tack, topgallant, topgallant sail, topsail, travel, voyage, wear round, wear ship, weather



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sail\, n. [OE. seil, AS. segel, segl; akin to D. zeil,
    OHG. segal, G. & Sw. segel, Icel. segl, Dan. seil. [root]
    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.
             Behoves him now both sail and oar.    --Milton.
    2. Anything resembling a sail, or regarded as a sail.
    3. A wing; a van. [Poetic]
             Like an eagle soaring To weather his broad sails.
    4. The extended surface of the arm of a windmill.
    5. A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft.
    Note: In this sense, the plural has usually the same form as
          the singular; as, twenty sail were in sight.
    6. A passage by a sailing vessel; a journey or excursion upon
       the water.
    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}.
    {Sail burton} (Naut.), a purchase for hoisting sails aloft
       for bending.
    {Sail fluke} (Zo["o]l.), 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
    {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
    {To set a sail} (Naut.), to extend or spread a sail to the
    {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.
  2. \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.
    2. To move through or on the water; to swim, as a fish or a
       water fowl.
    3. To be conveyed in a vessel on water; to pass by water; as,
       they sailed from London to Canton.
    4. To set sail; to begin a voyage.
    5. To move smoothly through the air; to glide through the air
       without apparent exertion, as a bird.
             As is a winged messenger of heaven, . . . When he
             bestrides the lazy pacing clouds, And sails upon the
             bosom of the air.                     --Shak.
  3. \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.
             A thousand ships were manned to sail the sea.
    2. To fly through; to glide or move smoothly through.
             Sublime she sails The a["e]rial space, and mounts
             the wing[`e]d gales.                  --Pope.
    3. To direct or manage the motion of, as a vessel; as, to
       sail one's own ship. --Totten.
Computing Dictionary

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].

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