To point a sail

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To point a sail (Naut) to affix points through the eyelet holes of the reefs.
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Usage

In literature:

All inquiries after a merchant vessel on the point of sailing for any British port led to the most unsatisfactory results.
"The Queen of Hearts" by Wilkie Collins
I let them go on to the point of exhaustion, and only then I pointed at the sails of a ship on the horizon.
"A Set of Six" by Joseph Conrad
She had also a mat sail, broad at the top, and narrowing to a point at the foot.
"Charley Laurel" by W. H. G. Kingston
We made all sail in chase, and cut them off from escaping round a sandy point, which they attempted to weather.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
Methinks a breeze will fill our sails after we pass yonder point, and if so, we shall sleep to-night in Horlingdal.
"Erling the Bold" by R.M. Ballantyne
Having satisfied myself upon that point, I ventured to raise my head a little above the bulwarks to see how the strange sail was faring.
"The Pirate Slaver" by Harry Collingwood
At this point he decided to build a large boat to sail down the river.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
To increase the dimensions of a sail, by untying the points confining a reef in it.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The next point to which our course will take us is the Island of Malta, which involves a sail of a thousand miles from Port Said.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
It was many rods in length, tapering to a point at both ends, a vast ship sailing in the air!
"The Man Who Saw the Future" by Edmond Hamilton
Our first tack from Hartland Point was a sail of six hours out to sea.
"Rambles Beyond Railways;" by Wilkie Collins
Sailing from a British port with a convoy of outward-bound vessels, the destroyers accompanied that fleet to a point in the Atlantic.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
One sunny day, as he was sailing in the Grand Canal in a gondola with Stella, he pointed to a beautiful old palazzo.
"Erlach Court" by Ossip Schubin
The curve of the brown or black sail from the lofty peak to the sheet is on all points of sailing a curve of beauty.
"The Handbook to the Rivers and Broads of Norfolk & Suffolk" by G. Christopher Davies
On the 10th we made sail, and proceeded a little further along the coast to Ganges Harbour, anchoring just within its eastern point.
"In the Andamans and Nicobars" by C. Boden Kloss
We sailed along until we came to a point where the coast turned to the south.
"The Letters of Amerigo Vespucci" by Amerigo Vespucci
One man would shove her to windward a point closer than another could and keep her sailing faster, too.
"The Boy Ranchers of Puget Sound" by Harold Bindloss
Harry aided Frank in setting the sail, and, with the aid of the oar, the boat was worked out to a point where they could feel the breeze.
"Frank Merriwell's Alarm" by Burt L. Standish
He strolled over to the rocky point, behind which, in a natural harbour, lay a fair-sized English sailing-boat.
"A Sovereign Remedy" by Flora Annie Steel
We can sail a point nearer to the wind, if we choose.
"The Swan and Her Crew" by George Christopher Davies
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In poetry:

But no such thought had place in Howard's soul,
And when 't was dark, and all their sails were furled,
When the wind veered a few points to the west,
And the tide turned ruffling along the roads,
He sent eight fireships forging down to them.
"Rosamund" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

A chartered ocean liner will sail from Southampton, England to the point off Newfoundland where the titanic had its date with destiny 100 years ago.
Basic skills include learning to sail away from the mooring, trimming the sails , knowing the points of sailing , anchoring the boat, picking up a man overboard, docking the boat, and and learning to tie the right knots.
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