sail

sail

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  • IPA(key): /seɪl/, [seɪ̯ɫ]
  • Rhymes: -eɪl
  • Homophone: sale

From Middle English saile, sayle, seil, seyl, from Old English seġl, from Proto-West Germanic *segl, from Proto-Germanic *seglą. Cognate with West Frisian seil, Low German Segel, Dutch zeil, German Segel, Danish sejl, Swedish segel.

sail (countable and uncountable, plural sails)

  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. (nautical, uncountable) The concept of a sail or sails, as if a substance.
  3. (uncountable) The power harnessed by a sail or sails, or the use of this power for travel or transport.
  4. A trip in a boat, especially a sailboat.
  5. (dated, plural "sail") A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft.
  6. (nautical) The conning tower of a submarine.
  7. The blade of a windmill.
  8. A tower-like structure found on the dorsal (topside) surface of submarines.
  9. The floating organ of siphonophores, such as the Portuguese man-of-war.
  10. (fishing) A sailfish.
  11. (paleontology) an outward projection of the spine, occurring in certain dinosaurs and synapsids
  12. Anything resembling a sail, such as a wing.
  • See also Thesaurus:sail

From Middle English sailen, saylen, seilen, seilien, from Old English seġlan, siġlan (to sail), from Proto-West Germanic *siglijan, from *siglijaną. Cognate with West Frisian sile, Low German seilen, Dutch zeilen, German segeln, Danish sejle, Swedish segla, Icelandic sigla.

sail (third-person singular simple present sails, present participle sailing, simple past and past participle sailed)

  1. To be impelled or driven forward by the action of wind upon sails, as a ship on water; to be impelled on a body of water by steam or other power.
  2. To move through or on the water; to swim, as a fish or a waterfowl.
  3. To ride in a boat, especially a sailboat.
  4. (intransitive) To set sail; to begin a voyage.
  5. To move briskly and gracefully through the air.
  6. (intransitive) To move briskly but sedately.
  7. (card games, transitive) To deal out (cards) from a distance by impelling them across a surface.
  • Sail on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Sail in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)
  • Lasi, Alis, LISA, Lias, lias, sial, Isla, Lais, ails, SiAl, LIAs, lais, Ilsa, Lisa

sail

  1. area

Borrowed from English sail. Doublet of zeil.

  • IPA(key): /seːl/
  • Hyphenation: sail
  • Rhymes: -eːl

sail n (plural sails)

  1. (nautical) The fin or sail of a submarine.
    Synonym: toren
  • IPA(key): /salʲ/

From Old Irish sal, from Proto-Celtic *salā.

sail f (genitive singular saile)

  1. dirt, dross, impurity
    sail mhiotailmetal dross
  2. stain, defilement
    sail pheacathe stain of sin
  • sal
  • sail chnis
  • sail chluaise
  • sail chaorach
  • sailchuach
  • salach
  • salachar
  • salaigh
  • Gregory Toner, Sharon Arbuthnot, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Marie-Luise Theuerkauf, Dagmar Wodtko, editors (2019), “sal”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language
  • Dinneen, Patrick S. (1904) “sal”, in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, 1st edition, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, page 589
  • Ó Dónaill, Niall (1977) “sail”, in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, Dublin: An Gúm, →ISBN
  • “sail”, in New English-Irish Dictionary, Foras na Gaeilge, 2013-2024

From Old Irish sail, from Proto-Celtic *salixs (whence also Welsh helyg, Breton halegen), seemingly from Proto-Indo-European *sh₂el-ik-s or sl̥h₂-ik-s. Cognate with Latin salix, Old English sealh (English sallow), and Ancient Greek ἑλίκη (helíkē), which all mean "willow", but the forms are hard to unify. The history of the word therefore must involve borrowing, possibly involving pre-Indo-European languages.

sail f (genitive singular saileach, nominative plural saileacha)

  1. willow (any of various trees or shrubs in the genus Salix)

Variant declension:

  • saileach
  • saileog
  • Gregory Toner, Sharon Arbuthnot, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Marie-Luise Theuerkauf, Dagmar Wodtko, editors (2019), “sail”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language
  • Dinneen, Patrick S. (1904) “sail”, in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, 1st edition, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, page 587
  • Ó Dónaill, Niall (1977) “sail”, in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, Dublin: An Gúm, →ISBN

Alteration of saim.

  • Homophone: saiu (Brazil)
  • Rhymes: (Brazil) -iw
  • Hyphenation: sa‧il

sail m (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of saim (fish oil)

sail (nominative plural sails)

  1. (nautical) sail
  • sailan
  • sailön

From Middle Welsh seil, from Proto-Brythonic *söl, from Latin solea (sole).

  • IPA(key): /sai̯l/
  • Rhymes: -ai̯l

sail f (plural seiliau, not mutable)

  1. base, basis, foundation
    Synonyms: bas, sawd, sylfaen
  • cynsail (precedent; premise)
  • seiliedig (established; fundamental)
  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “sail”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies

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