• Passenger Vessel Under Sail
    Passenger Vessel Under Sail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sailing the departure of a vessel from a port
    • n sailing the activity of flying a glider
    • n sailing riding in a sailboat
    • n sailing the work of a sailor
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A little boy sails boats in a pail of water, beside a woman who has taken a break from her spinning A little boy sails boats in a pail of water, beside a woman who has taken a break from her spinning
"I want to swing out and be romantic and sail round with you in a gondola." "I want to swing out and be romantic and sail round with you in a gondola."
Monadnock sailing Monadnock sailing
Proportion of sails to steam in shipping Proportion of sails to steam in shipping
Clipper Sailing-ship of 1850-60 Clipper Sailing-ship of 1850-60
Italian sailing ship. 15th century.- English ship. Time of Richard II Italian sailing ship. 15th century.- English ship. Time of Richard II

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is one of the few places in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane
    • Sailing The act of one who, or that which, sails; the motion of a vessel on water, impelled by wind or steam; the act of starting on a voyage.
    • Sailing (Naut) The art of managing a vessel; seamanship; navigation; as, globular sailing; oblique sailing .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bananas were officially introduced to the American public at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Each banana was wrapped in foil and sold for 10 cents. Before that time, bananas came to America on the decks of sailing ships as sailors took a few stems home after traveling in the Caribbean.
    • n sailing The act of one who or of that which sails.
    • n sailing The art or rules of navigation; the art or the act of directing a ship on a given line laid down in a chart; also, the rules by which a ship's tack is determined and represented on a chart, and by which the problems relating to it are solved.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Charlotte Dundas, a paddle-wheel steamboat, was the world's first steam-powered vessel, not Robert Fulton's Clermont. In 1802, five years before Fulton's famous ship took sail, The Dundas was a steam-powered tugboat in Great Britain.
    • Sailing act of sailing: motion of a vessel on water: act of directing a ship's course: the term applied to the different ways in which the path of a ship at sea, and the variations of its geographical position, are represented on paper, as great circle sailing, Mercator's sailing, middle latitude sailing, oblique sailing, parallel sailing, plane sailing
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  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.”
  • Jimmy Dean
    Jimmy Dean
    “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
  • Dennis Conner
    Dennis Conner
    “My goal in sailing isn't to be brilliant or flashy in individual races, just to be consistent over the long run.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with two termites.”


Plain sailing - If something is relatively easy and there are no problems doing it, it is plain sailing.
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.
Sail under false colours - Someone who sails under false colours (colors) is hypocritical or pretends to be something they aren't in order to deceive people.
Smooth sailing - If something is smooth sailing, then you can progress without difficulty. ('Plain sailing' is also used.)
That ship has sailed - A particular opportunity has passed you by when that ship has sailed.
Time does sail - This idioms means that time passes by unnoticed.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. segel, cf. Dut. zeil, Ger. segel.


In literature:

Then I seemed to descry at the point of the bay windward a sail.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
I was intending to sail to-morrow for the north; now we will sail which way the junks lead.
"Blue Jackets" by George Manville Fenn
I did sail up one of the mouths for a bit once.
"Old Gold" by George Manville Fenn
On sailed the brig; gradually her sails began to disappear below the horizon.
"James Braithwaite, the Supercargo" by W.H.G. Kingston
The sails were flapping against the masts; the air was oppressive.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Lawrence was delighted at the idea of a sail in the big ship.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
She lowered the sail, slipped off her shoes and stockings and pushed the boat out.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
Her fore-topsail-yard was so badly sprung that sail could not be carried on it.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
I sail to-morrow or next day, according to circumstances.
"The Pirate of the Mediterranean" by W.H.G. Kingston
She's just hoisted her sail, and a whacking big sail it is.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
They were much astonished to see me unfurl the sails, and all wished to come and see her sail.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
Still I say, it would be easy to sail from place to place and to condemn all we visit unheard.
"The Cruise of the Mary Rose" by William H. G. Kingston
Towards noon a sail was espied, and all sail was made in chase.
"Charley Laurel" by W. H. G. Kingston
On the 22nd we again sailed from Charleston with a convoy of fifty sail of transports, bound for New York.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
Several other strange sail were seen in the distance, and as before carefully avoided.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
At last, the wind being fair, we sailed.
"Ned Garth" by W. H. G. Kingston
Sail after sail was taken off the ship.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
One day's pleasant sailing was quite as much in that way as experience taught them to expect.
"North-Pole Voyages" by Zachariah Atwell Mudge
He was mate of an American sailing ship, some time since when sailing ships were numerous.
"Kit Musgrave's Luck" by Harold Bindloss
So we set forth to sail the raging main; a little sail of half an hour, with Eve and Old Goodwin to see us off.
"The Clammer and the Submarine" by William John Hopkins

In poetry:

Like birds from the cote to the gales,
Abrupt—O hark!
A fleet of bells set sails,
And go to the dark.
"Chimes" by Alice Meynell
And if my little girl should weep,
Little ships with torn sails
Go headlong down among the deep
"A Mother's Song" by Francis Ledwidge
I'd been away a year, a year
A-sailing of the main
When I came back to Hagensack
To see the town again.
"The Ballad of Hagensack" by Wallace Irwin
"There's nothin' much faster
Than 'er sails the seas;
I've known none go past 'er
In a wholesail breeze."
"Hoodoo" by Cicely Fox Smith
I discard eloquence
the empty sail
and the swollen sail
which cause the ship to lose her course
"Preamble (A Rough Draft For An Ars Poetica)" by Jean Cocteau
For now I must go sailing
Upon the stormy main;
Good-bye, good-bye, my only Love,
Till I shall come again.
"The Lowlands Of Flanders" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Ready About Sailing & Marina Opens New Location.
Ready About Sailing & Marina is celebrating its 10th year in business by opening a new location.
Black Diamond casino cruise ship almost ready to set sail from Port of Palm Beach.
A new gambling cruise is about to set sail from the Port of Palm Beach.
The Brown University sailing team--one of the first college-sailing programs in the U.S.--has been to 37 national championships in the past 13 years.
In this article from September 1993, John Burnham writes about the "new" IBM/ Sailing World National Offshore One-Design regattas focusing attention on sailors and sailing venues on th West Coast and in the Midwest.
1492 – Christopher Columbus sets sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain (More info).
In case you need to update your summery décor stash, sail straight to Calypso St Barth Home, which opened this week in Dallas.
Full Sail (www. fullsail .edu) began its Hall of Fame program in 2009.
WINTER PARK, FL — Full Sail University has announced its 2012 is Hall of Fame inductees.
Full Sail 's first quarter-century, Dogtoberfest, Fresh Hop Workshop and more: The Beer Here for the week of Sep 21-27.
Foyston Full Sail co-founder and brewmaster, Jamie Emmerson.
Good music and great sailing on the Alaskan Rover heralds the Summer sailing season.
The latest news and notes on sailing-vacation opportunities from Pensacola Yacht Charters, the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship, MarineMax Vacations, and more.

In science:

Sailing on the surface of the sea would, presumably be impossible if there were no phase-separation.
"Qualms" from Lavenda, cond-mat/0311270
We have taken 100 random images of the ten most populated ob ject categories, namely: planes (lateral), bonsais, chandeliers, faces (frontal), pianos, tortoises, sails, leopards, motorbikes and clocks as seen in Figure 4.
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot
Sailing on the Sea of Number Theory”, Proc. 4th China-Japan Seminar, S.
On Random Multiple Dirichlet Series
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
In the sailing domain, we chose H to be 4 × n, where n is the grid-size of the problem instance, as it is unlikely that the optimal path between any two locations on the grid will be larger than a complete encircling of the considered area.
Simple Regret Optimization in Online Planning for Markov Decision Processes
As in the sailing domain, we compared the convergence rate obtained by BRUE, UCT and -greedy + UCT.
Simple Regret Optimization in Online Planning for Markov Decision Processes
Among the credible candidates are the Dutch who sailed the southern sea under Dirck Gerritz (1544–1608).
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
Having lost their homes, they sailed to the Corsica island and invaded it after a awful sea battle with the Carthaginians and Etruscans, just to drive once again into the sea as refugees after ten years later (in 545 BC) their rivals regained the island.
Zeno meets modern science
Cook’s expedition required the significant resources of the greatest naval power on Earth to sail for nearly 8 months from England to Tahiti.
Observations of Extrasolar Planets Enabled by a Return to the Moon
Mansuripur, “Solar Sails, Optical Tweezers, and Other Light-Driven Machines,” in Tribute to Joseph W. Goodman, edited by H. J.
Deducing radiation pressure on a submerged mirror from the Doppler shift
Mansuripur, “Solar Sails, Optical Tweezers, and Other Light-Driven Machines,” in Tribute to Joseph W. Goodman, edited by H. J.
Radiation pressure on a submerged absorptive partial reflector deduced from the Doppler shift