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  • Included in Eastons: No
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: No
  • Included in Smiths: No
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: Yes
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SAIL, noun [Latin sal, salt.]

1. In navigation, a spread of canvas, or an assemblage of several breadths of canvas, [or some substitute for it, ] sewed together with a double seam at the borders, and edged with a cord called the bolt-rope, to be extended on the masts or yards for receiving the impulse of wind by which a ship is driven. The principal sails are the courses or lower salts, the top-sails and top-gallant-sails.

2. In poetry, wings.

3. A ship or other vessel; used in the singular for a single ship, or as a collective name for many. We saw a sail at the leeward. We saw three sail on our star-board quarter. The fleet consists of twenty sail

To loose sails, to unfurl them.

To make sail to extend an additional quantity of sail

To set sail to expand or spread the sails; and hence; to begin a voyage.

To shorten sail to reduce the extent of sail or take in a part.

1. To strike sail to lower the sails suddenly, as in saluting or in sudden gusts of wind.

2. To bate show or pomp.

SAIL, verb intransitive

1. To be impelled or driven forward by the action of wind upon sails, as a ship on water. A ship sails from New York for Liverpool. She sails ten knots an hour. She sails well close-hauled.

2. To be conveyed in a vessel on water; to pass by water. We sailed from London to Canton.

3. To swim.

Little dolphins, when they sail in the vast shadow of the British whale.

4. To set sail; to begin a voyage. We sailed from New York for Havre, June 15, 1824. We sailed from Cowes for New York, May 10, 1825.

5. To be carried in the air, as a balloon.

6. To pass smoothly along.

As is a wing'd messenger from heaven, when he bestrides the lazy pacing clouds, and sails upon the bosom of the air.

7. To fly without striking with the wings.

SAIL, verb transitive

1. To pass or move upon in a ship, by means of sails.

A thousand ships were mann'd to sail the sea.

[This use is elliptical, on or over being omitted.]

2. To fly through

Sublime she sails th' aerial space, and mounts the winged gales.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SA'ILABLE, adjective Navigable; that may be passed by ships.

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SA'IL-BOARD, adjective [See Broad.] Spreading like a sail.

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SA'IL-BORNE, noun Borne or conveyed by sails.

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SA'ILED, participle passive Passed in ships or other water craft.

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SA'ILER, noun

1. One that sails; a seaman; usually sailor.

2. A ship or other vessel, with reference to her manner of sailing. Thus we say, a heavy sailer; a fast sailer; a prime sailer

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SA'ILING, participle present tense Moving on water or in air; passing in a ship or other vessel.

SA'ILING, noun

1. The act of moving on water; or the movement of a ship or vessel impelled or wafted along the surface of water by the action of wind on her sails.

2. Movement through the air, as in a balloon.

3. The act of setting sail or beginning a voyage.

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SA'IL-LOFT, noun A loft or apartment where sails are cut out and made.

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1. One whose occupation is to make sails.

2. An officer on board ships of war, whose business is to repair or alter sails.

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SA'IL-MAKING, noun The art or business of making sails.

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SA'ILOR, noun [a more common spelling than sailer.]

A mariner; a seaman; one who follows the business of navigating ships or other vessels, or one who understands the management of ships in navigation. The word however does not by itself express any particular skill in navigation. It denotes any person who follows the seas, and is chiefly or wholly applied to the common hands. [See Seaman.]

Naves Topical Index

See Mariner

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SA'IL-YARD, noun The yard or spar on which sails are extended.