- a piece of material extended on a mast to catch the wind and propel a boat or ship or other vessel；the use of sailing ships as a means of transport
- travel in a boat with sails, especially as a sport or recreation；travel in a ship or boat using sails or engine power
verb: sail, 3rd person present: sails, gerund or present participle: sailing, past tense: sailed, past participle: sailed
noun: sail, plural noun: sails
- 1. a piece of material extended on a mast to catch the wind and propel a boat or ship or other vessel all the sails were unfurled
- ▪ the use of sailing ships as a means of transport this led to bigger ships as steam replaced sail
- ▪ archaic a sailing ship sail ahoy!
- 2. a wind-catching apparatus, typically one consisting of canvas or a set of boards, attached to the arm of a windmill.
- ▪ the broad fin on the back of a sailfish or of some prehistoric reptiles.
- ▪ a structure by which an animal is propelled across the surface of water by the wind, e.g. the float of a Portuguese man-of-war.
- 3. a voyage or excursion in a ship, especially a sailing ship or boat they went for a sail
- 4. the conning tower of a submarine.
- 1. travel in a boat with sails, especially as a sport or recreation Ian took us out sailing on the lake 同義詞
- ▪ travel in a ship or boat using sails or engine power the ferry caught fire sailing between Caen and Portsmouth 同義詞
- ▪ begin a voyage; leave a harbor the catamaran sails at 3:30 同義詞
- ▪ travel by ship on or across (a sea) or on (a route) plastic ships could be sailing the oceans soon 同義詞
- ▪ navigate or control (a boat or ship) I stole a small fishing boat and sailed it to the Delta 同義詞
- 2. move smoothly and rapidly or in a stately or confident manner she sailed into the conference room at 2:30 sharp 同義詞
- ▪ informal succeed easily at (something, especially a test or examination) Alex sailed through his exams
- ▪ informal attack physically or verbally with force.