sail1 S3 [seıl] v
1.) [I always +adverb/preposition, T]
to travel on or across an area of water in a boat or ship
sail across/into/out of etc
the first Europeans to sail across the Atlantic
Three tall ships sailed past.
She always wanted to sail around the world .
sail the Pacific/the Atlantic etc
We're taking two months off to sail the Caribbean.
to start a journey by boat or ship
We sail at dawn.
sail for
They're sailing for Antigua next week.
3.) [I and T]
to direct or control the movement of a boat or ship that has a sail
Blake sailed the ship safely through the narrow passage.
My father taught me to sail.
4.) [I always +adverb/preposition]
to move quickly and smoothly through the air
sail through/over/into etc
A ball came sailing over the fence.
5.) [I always +adverb/preposition]
to move forwards gracefully and confidently
She sailed into the room.
6.) sail close to the wind
[i]BrE to do or say something that is nearly wrong, illegal, or dishonest
sail through [sail through sth] phr v
to succeed very easily in a test, examination etc
Adam sailed through his final exams.
sail 2
sail2 n
[: Old English; Origin: segl]
1.) a large piece of strong cloth fixed onto a boat, so that the wind will push the boat along
a yacht with white sails
hoist/lower the sails
(=put the sails up or down)
2.) set sail
to begin a journey by boat or ship
set sail for/from
The following week the 'Queen Elizabeth' set sail for Jamaica.
3.) under sail
literary moving along on a ship or boat that has sails

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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