Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The skill required to operate and navigate a vessel; navigation.
  • n. The sport of operating or riding in a sailboat.
  • n. Departure or time of departure from a port.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Motion across a body of water in a craft powered by the wind, as a sport or otherwise
  • n. Navigation; the skill needed to operate and navigate a vessel
  • n. The time of departure from a port
  • adj. Travelling by ship
  • v. Present participle of sail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. The art of managing a vessel; seamanship; navigation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of one who or of that which sails.
  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the activity of flying a glider
  • n. the work of a sailor
  • n. the departure of a vessel from a port
  • n. riding in a sailboat

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Examples

  • A British cruiser chased us fruitlessly for two days off Sierra Leone, and enabled me not only to test the sailing qualities, but to get the _sailing trim_ of the "Estrella," in perfection.

    Captain Canot or, Twenty Years of an African Slaver

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Team New Zealand says it will compete in sailing's 2011 Volvo Ocean Race and expects former America's Cup-holder Alinghi to also take part.

    Team NZ enters Volvo Ocean Race

  • Ulysses was nine days in sailing from Ismarus, the city of the Ciconians, to the country of the Lotus-eaters — a period of time which to-day would breed anxiety in the hearts of the underwriters should it be occupied by the slowest tramp steamer in traversing the Mediterranean and Black seas from Gibraltar to Sebastopol.

    The Shrinkage of the Planet

  • Andrés de Urdaneta sets sail from the Philippine Islands on what eventually becomes recognized as a landmark voyage in sailing history.

    Mexico this month - June

  • From now on it is plain sailing, and Seattle suddenly seems quite near.

    CHAPTER XLI

  • "No point in sailing today, unless you desire a net full of kelp."

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  • "It seems to me the headwind into which we're sailing is not so extreme as it's been for half a century," said Charles Ballard, an economics professor at Michigan State University.

    Gov. Granholm's economic and political legacy

  • Team New Zealand says it will compete in sailing's 2011 Volvo Ocean Race and expects former America's Cup-holder Alinghi to also take part. sailing | Comment | Recommend

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  • So had the steward, who had spent most of a life-time in sailing-ships.

    CHAPTER VIII

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