plane sailing

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noun Navigation.

sailing on a course plotted without reference to the curvature of the earth.

Nearby words

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  6. plane spotter,
  7. plane surveying,
  8. plane suture,
  9. plane table,
  10. plane tree


Origin of plane sailing

First recorded in 1690–1700

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Examples from the Web for plane sailing

  • Plane-sailing is so simple that it is colloquially used to express anything so easy that it is impossible to make a mistake.

    The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth


British Dictionary definitions for plane sailing

plane sailing

noun

nautical navigation without reference to the earth's curvatureCompare plain sailing
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