- sailing boat,
- sailing length,
- sailing ship,
- sailmaker's palm
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
Examples from the Web for 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|Dina Goldstein|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The book begins with Jack sailing on a British army supply ship heading for Africa during World War II.
The problem of serving she solved by sailing my plate to the table as if playing Frisbee.‘The Land of the Permanent Wave’ Is Bud Shrake’s Classic Take on ‘60s Texas|Edwin Shrake|February 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But with the help of their pals at the Upright Citizens Brigade, they seem to be sailing through seamlessly.Behind ‘Broad City’: Amy Poehler’s Girls of Comedy|Abby Haglage|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We are sailing across the ocean and we are replicating the escape of the children of Israel from Egypt.Sunday Q&A: Josef Joffe on the Myth of American Decline|Michael Moynihan|November 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Whaling is done in three different ways: from canoes, from boats sent off by sailing ships, and from steamers direct.All Afloat|William Wood
The day appointed for sailing was fast approaching, and had to make all speed to get through various engagements in Manilla.Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas|W. Hastings Macaulay
Sailing into the mouth of a river they saw vines laden with The Discovery.Sir Walter Ralegh|William Stebbing
Which should be the fortunate one she should not decide until a week before the date fixed for sailing.
Then there was signaling between the Montauk and her own neighbor destroyer about sailing formation in the danger zone.Tom Slade on a Transport|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
- 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