Translation of "sail" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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sail verb (TRAVEL)

B2 [ I usually + adv/prep ] When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

The boat sailed along/down the coast. 那艘船沿着海岸航行。
As the battleship sailed by/past, everyone on deck waved. 战舰驶过时,甲板上所有的人都挥手致意。
The ship was sailing to China. 这艘船驶往中国。

B1 [ I or T, usually + adv/prep ] to control a boat that has no engine and is pushed by the wind

He sailed the dinghy up the river. 他驾驶着小游艇沿河逆流而上。
She sailed around the world single-handed in her yacht. 她独自一人驾驶帆船周游了整个世界。

[ I ] When a ship sails, it starts travelling, and when people sail from a particular place or at a particular time, they start travelling in a ship.

Their ship sails for Bombay next Friday. 他们的船下周五启航去孟买。

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sail verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[ I + adv/prep ] to move quickly, easily, and (of a person) confidently

The ball went sailing over the fence. 球飞过了花园的围栏。
He wasn't looking where he was going, and just sailed straight into her. 他走路时没有注意,和她撞个正着。
Manchester United sailed on (= continued easily) to victory in the final. 曼联队很轻松地取得了决赛的胜利。


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sail noun (MATERIAL)

C2 [ C ] a sheet of material attached to a pole on a boat to catch the wind and make the boat move

to hoist/lower the sails 扬/收帆

[ C ] On a windmill, a sail is any of the wide blades that are turned by the wind in order to produce power.


sail noun (TRAVEL)

[ S ] a journey by boat or ship

It's two days' sail/It's a two-day sail (= a journey of two days by sea) from here to the nearest island. 从这里坐船到最近的岛屿需要航行两天。
set sail

C2 to begin a boat journey

We set sail from Kuwait. 我们从科威特启航。
They set sail for France. 他们启航驶往法国。


(Translation of “sail” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)