verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to go vigorously into action; begin to act; attack.
- to attack verbally: He would sail into his staff when work was going badly.
- saigo takamori,
- saigon cinnamon,
- sail close to the wind,
- sail into,
- sail plan,
- sail through,
- sail under false colors
- to set the sail or sails of a boat or increase the amount of sail already set.
- to set out on a voyage: Make sail for the Leeward Islands.
Origin of sail
Examples from the Web for sail
They get $8 million to dredge the channel for pleasure boats to sail to Catalina Island.
The turbulent waters caused one of his oars to crack, which—without a motor or a sail—can be severely detrimental to his voyage.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother|Justin Jones|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Anytime we have to put up the sail or tack or do any maneuvering, it requires all hands on deck.
At best, they would be processed and free to return home to sail again.Hundreds of Migrants are Reported Drowned by Traffickers Near Malta|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He wanted to sail around the Sea of Cortez; he had this weird little boat that in no way was ready nor was he a sailor.The Drunken Downfall of Evangelical America's Favorite Painter|Zac Bissonnette|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As we come north the mountains grow higher and come closer to the water we sail upon, and there is more snow on their summits.In to the Yukon|William Seymour Edwards
He had made up his mind to sail the brig in and risk the hazards of shoal water.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
Captain Langdon being of the same opinion, the signal was thrown out to make all sail to close the enemy.How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves|W.H.G. Kingston
The wind whistled, too, though but for a moment, and then it seemed to sail upward into the dark vault of the heavens.The Headsman|James Fenimore Cooper
He could sail directly with the wind and yet be assured of not going far out of his way.The Secret Cache|E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
- to run up the sail or to run up more sail
- to begin a voyage
- to embark on a voyage by ship
- to hoist sail
- with sail hoisted
- under way
verb (mainly intr)
- to begin (something) with vigour
- to make an attack (on) violently with words or physical force
Word Origin for sail
Old English segl "sail, veil, curtain," from Proto-Germanic *seglom (cf. Old Saxon, Swedish segel, Old Norse segl, Old Frisian seil, Dutch zeil, Old High German segal, German Segel), of obscure origin with no known cognates outside Germanic (Irish seol, Welsh hwyl "sail" are Germanic loan-words). In some sources (Klein, OED) referred to PIE root *sek- "to cut," as if meaning "a cut piece of cloth." To take the wind out of (someone's) sails (1888) is to deprive (someone) of the means of progress, especially by sudden and unexpected action, "as by one vessel sailing between the wind and another vessel," ["The Encyclopaedic Dictionary," 1888].
Old English segilan "travel on water in a ship; equip with a sail," from the same Germanic source as sail (n.); cognate with Old Norse sigla, Middle Dutch seghelen, Dutch zeilen, Middle Low German segelen, German segeln. Meaning "to set out on a sea voyage, leave port" is from c.1200. Related: Sailed; sailing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with sail
- sail close to the wind
- sail into
- sail through
- sail under false colors
- (sail under) false colors
- plain sailing
- set sail
- smooth sailing
- take the wind out of one's sails
- trim one's sails