- a large ship equipped with sails.
Origin of sailing ship
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for sailing ship
The sailing-ship, when I knew her in her days of perfection, was a sensible creature.The Mirror of the Sea
Even Wada, who had never been in a sailing-ship, had his doubts of the voyage.
I asked Wada, who, like myself, had never made a sailing-ship voyage.
That was because she was a sailing-ship and the Nydam vessel was not.The British Navy Book
There is at least a presumption that the vessel in which the man or men are is a sailing-ship.Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
A. Conan Doyle
- a large sailing vessel
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