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sailing

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noun sail·ing \ˈsā-liŋ\

Simple Definition of sailing

  • : the sport or activity of traveling on water in a sailboat

Full Definition of sailing

  1. 1a :  the technical skill of managing a ship :  navigationb :  the method of determining the course to be followed to reach a given point

  2. 2a :  the sport of handling or riding in a sailboatb :  a departure from a port

Examples of sailing

  1. They're going sailing next week.



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of sailing

before 12th century




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