Wind sail

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wind sail (Naut) A wide tube or funnel of canvas, used to convey a stream of air for ventilation into the lower compartments of a vessel.
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Quotations

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    “To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.”
  • Hanmer Parsons Grant
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    “We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.”
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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    “One ship drives east and other drives west by the same winds that blow. It's the set of the sails and not the gales that determines the way they go.”
  • Jimmy Dean
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    “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.”
  • David Hare
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    “Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail.”

Idioms

Sail close to the wind - If you sail close to the wind, you take risks to do something, going close to the limit of what is allowed or acceptable.
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Usage

In literature:

All hands were on deck ready to trim sails the moment the wind should come.
"The Mate of the Lily" by W. H. G. Kingston
All the sails of the chase were now drawing, and away she went before the wind.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
The wind would have been directly against us had we been bound for Japan, so we were glad that we had decided to sail to the southward.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
In a short time, however, the wind shifted and caught the sail aback.
"Sunshine Bill" by W H G Kingston
At length the wind lulled a little, and we once more made sail on the brig.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
I then pushed the boat off, the wind caught the sail, and she glided rapidly through the deep water.
"The Little Savage" by Captain Frederick Marryat
At all events, we shall sail back again with this wind, although there is but little of it.
"Masterman Ready" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The wind was light, and all sail was made in chase.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
That evening the wind abated, and the vessel sailed.
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The ship turned slowly to the wind, pitching and chopping as the sails were spinning.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
That steamer sail away to-day, for wind fair.
"Adrift in the Ice-Fields" by Charles W. Hall
It seemed sailing weather to eye and ear; but down between the banks, the wind reached us only in faint and desultory puffs.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The wind whistled through the rigging, and tore at the tightly furled sails.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Yet he knew from the way the wind blew that he could not always depend upon a sail to help him.
"An American Robinson Crusoe" by Samuel. B. Allison
The wind fair for the first time since we sailed.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
She would sail almost into the wind's eye, and went through a chop sea as steadily as a judge through a trial.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
The sails were now bulging out and shaking in the wind.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
And when he had set sail she sent the north wind to carry him on his way, and on the evening of the third day he reached his home.
"Finnish Legends for English Children" by R. Eivind
As the wind was south-west, we sailed straight for Penzance.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
This took the wind out of their sails completely.
"Frontier Boys on the Coast" by Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
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In poetry:

The evening sails come home
With twilight in their wings.
The harbour-light across the gloam
Springs;
The wind sings.
"Waves" by Cale Young Rice
'The current sweeps the old world,
The current sweeps the new;
The wind will blow, the dawn will glow
Ere thou hast sailed them through.'
"The Night Bird: A Myth" by Charles Kingsley
Now dance the lights on lawn and lea,
The flocks are whiter down the vale,
And milkier every milky sail,
On winding stream or distant sea;
"CXV: Spring" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
DROP, falling fruits and crispëd leaves,
Ye ring a note of joy for me:
Through the rough wind my soul sails free,
High over waves that Autumn heaves.
"Waiting" by Annie Adams Fields
To avenge his father slain,
And reconquer realm and reign,
Came the youthful Olaf home,
Through the midnight sailing, sailing,
Listening to the wild wind's wailing,
And the dashing of the foam.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf II. -- The King's Return" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
So now I go no more to the cellar to my labour,
But up to my garret where those arms are ever going;
There the sky is ever o'er me, and the wind my blessed neighbour,
And the prayer-handle ready turns the sails to its blowing.
"After The Fashion of An Old Emblem" by George MacDonald

In news:

The wind is knocked out of a critic's sails when a book provides nothing but pleasure.
Sailing away from continuing courtroom challenges and boardroom pitches for funding, Cape Wind Associates will begin a long-term presence in Nantucket Sound today (July 6).
Lupa's Web-to-print Business Sails Against the Wind with Automation .
Taking the wind out of 24 team's sails, Brad Keselowski won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
Once the wind filled in, each of the regatta's 15 divisions were able to sail at least one race.
Douglas and Michelle Black may consider themselves amateur sailors, but that doesn't stop them from enjoying being out on Lake Superior with the wind blowing in their sails .
Central New York is a perfect spot to sail, with its plentiful winds zipping across its myriad lakes and reservoirs.
Colorful sails billowed on Lake Wallenpaupack on Sunday as crews attempted to capture the wind.
It was good enough for Columbus, Magellan, and Ellison, but is wind power -- the sail -- better in some cases than modern engines for oceanic cargo ships.
Talk about wind and sail your boat.
Central New York is a perfect spot to sail , with its plentiful winds zipping across its myriad lakes and reservoirs.
Fleet hauls anchor, sets sails as Sailabration winds down.
Our majestic white sails catch wind and cause us to glide closer to our destination.
Computer rendering shows how Tapejara wellnhoferi might have sailed , catching the wind with its head crest and wings.
FVF Chenega sailings for Tuesday, September 25th have been canceled due to high wind and seas in Prince William Sound.
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In science:

In the sailing domain, a sailboat navigates to a destination on an 8-connected grid representing a marine environment, under fluctuating wind conditions.
Simple Regret Optimization in Online Planning for Markov Decision Processes
The duration of each such move depends on the direction of the move (ceteris paribus, diagonal moves take 2 more time than straight moves), the direction of the wind relative to the sailing direction (the sailboat cannot sail against the wind and moves fastest with a tail wind), and the tack.
Simple Regret Optimization in Online Planning for Markov Decision Processes
This sailing problem can be formulated as a goal-driven MDP over finite state space and a finite set of actions, with each state capturing the position of the sailboat, wind direction, and tack.
Simple Regret Optimization in Online Planning for Markov Decision Processes
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