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English noun: sail

1. sail (artifact) a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel

Synonymscanvas, canvass, sheet

Broader (hypernym)piece of cloth, piece of material

Narrower (hyponym)balloon sail, crossjack, fore-and-aft sail, foresail, headsail, main-topsail, mainsail, mizzen course, press of canvas, press of sail, royal, save-all, skysail, square sail, topgallant, topgallant sail, topsail

Part holonymreef

Part meronymsailing ship, sailing vessel

2. sail (act) an ocean trip taken for pleasure


Broader (hypernym)ocean trip, voyage

3. sail (artifact) any structure that resembles a sail

Broader (hypernym)construction, structure

English verb: sail

1. sail (motion) traverse or travel on (a body of water)

SamplesWe sailed the Atlantic.
He sailed the Pacific all alone.

ExamplesThey sail the river, They sail down the river

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)journey, travel

2. sail (motion) move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions

SamplesThe diva swept into the room.
Shreds of paper sailed through the air.
The searchlights swept across the sky.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)swan

Verb groupbrush, sweep

3. sail (motion) travel on water propelled by wind

SamplesI love sailing, especially on the open sea.
The ship sails on.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)boat

Narrower (hyponym)beat, change course, gybe, jib, jibe, luff, outpoint, point, rack, run, scud, tack, wear round, wear ship, weather

Domain categorynavigation, pilotage, piloting

4. sail (motion) travel on water propelled by wind or by other means

SamplesThe QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow.

Synonymsnavigate, voyage

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)journey, travel

Narrower (hyponym)astrogate, cruise

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