sail Definition in Cambridge American English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of "sail" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

sailverb [I/T]

 us   /seɪl/
to travel across water in a boat or ship, or to operate a boat or ship on the water: [I] He is not fun to sail with. [T] I sail a small racing boat. Sail also means to leave on a boat or ship: [I] When do we sail?

sailnoun [C]

 us   /seɪl/
a sheet of material used to catch the wind and move a boat or ship: I restored an old wooden boat and got a new canvas sail for it.
(Definition of sail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sail?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sail” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
field event

a sports event in which athletes take part one after the other rather than racing or competing together

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More