[ out-seyl ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to outdo in sailing; sail farther, more skillfully, or faster than.

Origin of outsail

First recorded in 1610–20; out- + sail

Words Nearby outsail

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How to use outsail in a sentence

  • Other privateers were huge three-masters, carrying heavy batteries, and able to outsail any of the enemy's ships.

  • I can outsail you and outfight you all—and to hell with you!

    Cursed | George Allan England
  • All sails were set upon the "Horn o' Plenty," but it soon became plain that she could never outsail the corsair vessel.

  • What yachts, as a tribute to ourselves upon their own element, would we rather outsail than English yachts?

    Model Speeches for Practise | Grenville Kleiser
  • Mr Steers thinks that a shallow vessel, with a sliding keel, can be built to outsail any vessel even on his improved model.