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Sail appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Sew a sail an alias awes.
  • Sail as I held darts to not straddle his alias.
  • Sail on, game vassal! Lacy callas save magnolias!
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun sail:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb sail:


Sail is sometimes a misspelling of sale.

The word sail is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun sail

What does sail mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sails

  1. a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of sail: canvas / canvass / sheet
    • more generic terms: piece of cloth / piece of material = a separate part consisting of fabric
    • more specific terms:
      • balloon sail = any light loose sail
      • mizzen course / crossjack = the lowermost sail on a mizzenmast
      • fore-and-aft sail = any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction
      • foresail = the lowest sail on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel
      • headsail = any sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
      • mainsail = the lowermost sail on the mainmast
      • main-topsail = a topsail set on the mainmast
      • press of canvas / press of sail = the greatest amount of sail that a ship can carry safely
      • royal = a sail set next above the topgallant on a royal mast
      • save-all = a sail set to catch wind spilled from a larger sail
      • skysail = the sail above the royal on a square-rigger
      • square sail = a four-sided sail set beneath a horizontal yard suspended at the middle from a mast
      • topgallant sail / topgallant = a sail set on a yard of a topgallant mast
      • topsail = a sail (or either of a pair of sails) immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast
    • part of: sailing ship / sailing vessel = a vessel that is powered by the wind
    • part: reef = one of several strips across a sail that can be taken in or rolled up to lessen the area of the sail that is exposed to the wind
  2. an ocean trip taken for pleasure
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of sail: cruise
    • more generic terms: ocean trip / voyage = an act of traveling by water
  3. any structure that resembles a sail

Alternative definition of the noun sail


  1. [nautical] A piece of fabric attached to a boat and arranged such that it causes the wind to drive the boat along. The sail may be attached to the boat via a combination of mast, spars and ropes.
  2. [uncountable] The power harnessed by a sail or sails, or the use this power for travel or transport.
  3. A trip in a boat, especially a sailboat.
  4. The blade of a windmill.
  5. A tower-like structure found on the dorsal (topside) surface of submarines.
  6. The floating organ of siphonophores, such as the Portuguese man-of-war.
  7. [fishing] A sailfish.

Specialised definition of the noun sail

Glossary of sports

a trip in a boat (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb sail

What does sail mean as a doing word?

Sail is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: sailed | sailing | sails

  1. traverse or travel on (a body of water)
    • examples: We sailed the Atlantic | He sailed the Pacific all alone | They sail the river | They sail down the river
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]They rowed
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location]They rowed the canals of Venice
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Oblique] [Adjective]Penny rowed her palms raw
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Oblique 1] to / into [Oblique 2, state]Penny rowed her palms to shreds
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]He drove Penny
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Adjective]Bill rolled the drawer open | He rode her seasick | He skated Penny exhausted | Tom walked the dog exhausted
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] to / into [Oblique, state]Bill rolled the drawer to an open position | He rode her to sickness | He skated Penny to exhaustion | Tom walked the dog to exhaustion
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Path Preposition] [Location]He rowed Penny across the lake
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Path Preposition] [Location]They rowed along the canal

      Verbs of Motion (with the same syntax): cruise, drive, fly, navigate, oar, paddle, pedal, rally, ride, row, tack, voyage.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: journey / travel = travel upon or across
  2. move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
    • example: Shreds of paper sailed through the air
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of sail: sweep
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific word: swan = sweep majestically
  3. travel on water propelled by wind
    • examples: I love sailing, especially on the open sea | the ship sails on
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • domain: navigation / pilotage / piloting
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: boat = ride in a boat on water
    • more specific terms:
  4. travel on water propelled by wind or by other means
    • example: The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of sail: navigate / voyage
    • more generic words: journey / travel = undertake a journey or trip
    • more specific words:
      • astrogate = navigate in space
      • cruise = sail or travel about for pleasure, relaxation, or sightseeing

Alternative definition of the verb sail


  1. To ride in a boat, especially a sailboat.
  2. To move briskly and gracefully through the air.
  3. To move briskly.


  1. Sail is a hill in the English Lake District, lying between Derwentwater and Crummock Water.
  2. Sail a.k.a. The Parus Business Centre is a 34-story class-A office building in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. It is located at the very centre of the city, between Mechnikova St. and Lesi Ukrainky Blvd.

There are other places with in their name, like Full Sail University.


  1. "Sail" is a song by American electronic rock band Awolnation. It was written and produced in Venice, California by group member Aaron Bruno, with Kenny Carkeet performing the audio engineering. The song was first featured on the band's debut extended play Back from Earth and was later featured on their debut album Megalithic Symphony.
    • music by Aaron Bruno
    • some of the awards:
        • Billboard Music Award for Top Alternative Song nomination for Awolnation
        • Teen Choice Award for Choice Rock Song nomination for Awolnation
        • World Music Award for World’s Best Song nomination for Awolnation
  2. "Sail" a.k.a. "Parus" is a musical album of Grigory Leps.
  3. "Sail" is a composition.
  4. "Sail" is a musical single of Armin van Buuren.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  5. "Sail" is a 2011 single by AWOLNATION.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  6. "Sail" is a musical single of Machine Gun Kelly.
    • released in
  7. "Sail" is a musical single of Aim.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  8. "Sail" is a musical album of Takagi Masakatsu.
    • released on (12 years ago)


"Sail" is a mystery novel by the bestselling author, James Patterson, and co-author, Howard Roughan, that was released on June 10, 2008.

  • language: English Language
  • authors: James Patterson & Howard Roughan
  • genres: Thriller, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
  • subjects: Espionage, Suspense
  • released on (7 years ago)


"Sail" is a 2006 drama film written and directed by Gajendra Ahire.


  1. Sail: A sail is a surface, typically made of fabric and supported by a mast, whose purpose is to propel a sailing vessel. Occasionally sails may also be found on land vehicles.
  2. Sail: In naval parlance, the sail or fin of a submarine is the tower-like structure found on the dorsal surface of submarines. Submarine sails once housed the conning tower, the periscope, radar and communications masts, though most of these functions have now been relocated to the hull proper.
  3. SAIL, the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Language, was developed by Dan Swinehart and Bob Sproull of the Stanford AI Lab in 1970. It was originally a large ALGOL 60-like language for the PDP-10 and DECSYSTEM-20.
  4. Sail: A sail is a large, flattish protrusion from the back of an animal colinear with the spine. Many extinct species of amphibians, reptiles and mammal-like reptiles have very extended neural spines growing from their back vertebrae. These are thought to have supported a sail. Paleontologists have proposed many ways in which the sail could have functioned in life.
  5. Sail or Saille is the Irish name of the fourth letter of the Ogham alphabet, ᚄ, meaning "willow". The name is related to Welsh helyg and Latin salix. Its Proto-Indo-European root was *sal-. Its phonetic value is [s].
  6. Sail: The Ancient Egyptian Sail hieroglyph is Gardiner sign listed no. P5 for the sail of a ship. The hieroglyph shows a hoisted sail, curved because of wind filling it. It is used in Egyptian hieroglyphs as a determinative for words related to wind, air, breath, sailors, floods-, etc. Also an ideogram in 'puff', 'wind', Egyptian 3w-.

Phrases with Sail

Phrases starting with the word Sail:

  1. Sail-plan
  2. Sail Curve
  3. Sail Blenny
  4. sail through

Phrases ending with the word Sail:

  1. By Sail
  2. to sail
  3. Set Sail
  4. Drag Sail
  5. Light Sail
  6. Solar sail
  7. Under Sail
  8. Dragon Sail
  9. lateen sail
  10. Photon Sail
  11. square sail
  12. To Set Sail
  13. balloon sail
  14. Working Sail
  15. Point of sail
  16. press of sail

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sail

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Google previewPrinciples of Yacht Design (2014)

by Rolf Eliasson, Lars Larsson, Michal Orych

it is obvious that for larger apparent wind angles the full sail is the best. At the maximum driving force around 100° there is a difference of about 10% between the 1/7 and 1/10 sails, while the side force is zero.

Google previewHand, Reef and Steer (2004)

by Tom Cunliffe

Building the flow into a gaff sail is a specific technique, particularly the triangle that lies between the gaff and the leech, and a specialist sailmaker is best...

Google previewCountry Life in America (1905)

A much-used sail is the reduced rectangular, the aft boom being two feet shorter than the fore...

Google previewCountry Life (1905)

by Liberty Hyde Bailey

A much-used sail is the reduced rectangular, the aft boom being two feet shorter than the fore...

Google previewA Small Place (2000)

by Jamaica Kincaid

(The hour inthe day,the dayof the year some ships set sail is a small, small detail in any picture, anystory; butthe picture itself,the story itself depend on things thatcan never, ever bepinned down.) The people inasmall placecan haveno interest ...

Google previewShapes at the Beach (2003)

by Laura Young

The sail is a big triangle. АОШ.

Google previewA Hedonist's Guide to Dubai (2009)

by Hallie Campbell, Collette Lyons

Rising in solitary splendour from its own private island like a magical vessel, the illuminated billowing sail is a symbol of Dubai's creative energy. The dazzling suites expand over two floors, linked by a marble spiral staircase perfect for making ...

Google previewThe Mariner's Dictionary, Or American Seaman's Vocabulary of Technical Terms, and Sea Phrases ... Improved from an English Work [i.e. W. F.'s Marine Dictionary]. Illustrated, Etc (1805)

by William FALCONER (Poet.)

the next above which stands upon the main-top mast, is termed the main-top sail, b, and that which is spread across the main-top-gallant mast is named the main-top-gallimt sail, c, the sail above it is called the main-royal, d. In the same ...

Google previewNaval Text-Book. Letters to the Midshipmen of the United States Navy on masting, rigging, and managing vessels of war. Also, a set of stationing tables, a naval gun exercise, and a marine dictionary (1841)

Signal—Main Sail. Helm. Reefing Mooring Loosing and and and Gettin...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

philosopher, pundit, savant, scholar, seer; discerning, judicious, learned, perceptive, profound, prudent, sapient, sensible, shrewd, solemn, sound, wise; herb, mint, salvia, seasoning, spice saguaro plants: cacti sail: boat, canvas, cruise, dart, ...

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Quotes about Sail

Greatness is not in were we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind, and somtimes agaisnt it - but sail we must. And not drift, nor lie at anchor. (Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.)
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Scrabble value of S1A1I1L1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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