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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


Synonymscruise


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.


Synonymssweep


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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