Translation of "sail" - English-French dictionary


verbsail /seɪl/
intransitive (of a large sailboat or ship and its passengers) to travel or move over water
voyager en bateau

We sail from Miami to Nassau.
Nous avons voyagé de Miami à Nassau.

a ship sailing up the river
un bateau remontant la rivière
transitive-intransitive to control a sailboat as it moves over water
piloter , barrer

My father taught me to sail.
Mon père m'a appris à barrer.

He sails yachts.
Il pilote des yachts.
intransitive to start a trip on a large ship or sailboat
prendre la mer

We sail at 4 a.m. tomorrow.
Nous prenons la mer à 4 heures du matin demain.
intransitive to move quickly and smoothly
se déplacer avec fluidité

She came sailing into the room in a long red gown.
Elle est entrée dans la pièce d'un pas fluide dans une longue robe rouge.


noun countablesail /seɪl/
a piece of strong cloth attached to a sailboat to catch the wind
voile feminine

Take the sails down and lower the anchor.
Abaissez les voiles et mettez l'ancre à la mer.
a trip in a sailboat
tour masculine en bateau

We went for a sail.
Nous sommes allés faire un tour en bateau.

(Translation of “sail” from the GLOBAL English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)


noun /seil/

a sheet of strong cloth spread to catch the wind, by which a ship is driven forward

They are hoisting the sails.

a journey in a ship

voyage en bateau
a sail in his yacht
a week’s sail to the island.

an arm of a windmill.

sailboard noun

a windsurfer.

planche à voile
sailing noun

the activity or sport of navigating a ship or boat that has sails

navigation (à voile)
Sailing is one of his hobbies.

having a sail or sails

à voiles
sailor noun

a member of a ship’s crew whose job is helping to sail a ship.

in full sail

with all the sails spread

toutes voiles dehors
The ship was in full sail.



to steer or navigate a ship or boat

He sailed (the boat) to the island.

to go in a ship or boat (with or without sails)

I’ve never sailed through the Mediterranean.

to begin a voyage

prendre la mer
The ship sails today
My aunt sailed today.

to travel on (the sea etc) in a ship

He sailed the North Sea.

to move steadily and easily

Clouds sailed across the sky
He sailed through his exams
She sailed into the room.

(Translation of “sail” from the PASSWORD English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)