Origin of sailing
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.
Origin of sail
Related Words for sailingfly, shoot, move, run, navigate, float, drift, cross, sweep, leave, skim, cruise, reach, steer, soar, voyage, flit, dart, scud, embark
Examples from the Web for sailing
Contemporary Examples of sailing
But instead he pursued a life of science, sailing all over the world to study animal species and their environments.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
Below lies the turquoise waters of the caldera, flecked with the white triangles of sailing boats.Book a Room for Two in a Santorini Cave
June 10, 2014
The book begins with Jack sailing on a British army supply ship heading for Africa during World War II.Sebastian Barry’s Quarrel With Irish History
May 7, 2014
Finally, he suggests “sailing NATO maritime forces into the Black Sea and setting up contingency plans for their use.”Crimea Is Gone—What Does NATO Do Next?
March 2, 2014
In calm contrast to the hurry of sailing vessel and steamer a silent fleet of white warships lay motionless in midstream.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Historical Examples of sailing
The icebergs had weighed anchor, and were sailing out into the open sea.The Field of Ice
He secured a berth on the Geranium, sailing from Liverpool, and cabled Brant to that effect.One Day's Courtship
"But I don't understand a sailing vessel in these waters," speculated Leonard.
Do you mean you object to sailing this tug on account of some imaginary thing?
It rained, I remember, all that day, but the next was bright and clear for our sailing.The Harbor
- 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 seglinge, verbal noun from the source of sail (v.).
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