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[ sey-ling ]


  1. the activity of a person or thing that sails.
  2. the departure of a ship from port:

    The cruise line offers sailings every other day.

  3. Navigation. any of various methods for determining courses and distances by means of charts or with reference to longitudes and latitudes, rhumb lines, great circles, etc.


/ ˈseɪlɪŋ /


  1. the practice, art, or technique of sailing a vessel
  2. a method of navigating a vessel

    rhumb-line sailing

  3. an instance of a vessel's leaving a port

    scheduled for a midnight sailing

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Other Words From

  • well-sailing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sailing1

before 900; Middle English seiling, Old English seglung. See sail, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

Cruise ships kept sailing after coronavirus was detected helped carry the virus around the globeCindi fell ill as soon as they arrived home.

Even among Democrats, negotiations over what should and shouldn’t be done on the economy aren’t going to be smooth sailing.

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A thing that’s important to note up front is that mobile wasn’t one of those industries where everything was smooth sailing before everything got upended by a pandemic.

Having spent so much time in Africa, they know it won’t all be smooth sailing.

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After that comes clear sailing, or hiking, or biking, throughout the weekend.

But instead he pursued a life of science, sailing all over the world to study animal species and their environments.

They have grace, ambition, and sure make sailing a whole lot more interesting.

Below lies the turquoise waters of the caldera, flecked with the white triangles of sailing boats.

The book begins with Jack sailing on a British army supply ship heading for Africa during World War II.

You write in the books that ship technology—boats sailing the ocean—was what got people to care about science.

This was very agreeable; but he was, nevertheless, greatly relieved when a boat came in sight sailing toward him.

I've been sailing one way for ever so long, because I don't know how to turn around; but there's a landing-place just ahead.

I have never seen Newport, and passed exactly a week in New York before sailing.

American vessels made occasional trips outside the Bay, and brought in captive sailing-vessels.

All the small steamers and sailing-craft in the river moved up as near as possible to the Puente de España.





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