sail·​ing | \ ˈsā-liŋ \

Definition of sailing

1a : the technical skill of managing a ship : navigation
b : the method of determining the course to be followed to reach a given point
2a : the sport of handling or riding in a sailboat
b : a departure from a port

Examples of sailing in a Sentence

They're going sailing next week.

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The local elite still maintain British pastimes at venues such as the Elbvororte’s Hamburger Polo Club, dating to 1898, or Alster lakes’ sailing and rowing clubs—which wouldn’t be out of place along the Thames. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Germany’s Second City Hits New High in Modern Luxury Living," 17 Oct. 2018 If that is just too adventurous for you, how about going on a family bike tour, camping, or a tropical vacation to the islands for snorkeling, sailing, and surfing. Kimberly Garrison,, "Fun ways to entice your kids to exercise | Kimberly Garrison," 16 May 2018 Some sailings earlier this fall were disrupted by the low water levels, which led a lot of insiders to forecast that Christmas market cruises would be hit hard this season. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Are Europe's Low Water Levels a Problem For Your Holiday Cruise?," 30 Nov. 2018 The 39-year-old took part in a non-stop sailing race around the world in 2012, and received awards for his efforts. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Sailor injured during solo race rescued from Indian Ocean after reportedly surviving on iced tea," 24 Sep. 2018 Fares for the 2020 sailing start at $20,109 per person, based on double occupancy. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Cunard Line ship to go from New York to Australia and back," 11 July 2018 This was the maiden voyage of eXXpedition, a series of all-women global sailing trips designed to raise awareness around the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 The drill allows the 22 nations in RIMPAC to practice sailing and operating together. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump’s China strategy is the most radical in decades — and it’s failing," 18 Sep. 2018 Today, Burkard focuses on personal projects, commercial jobs for clients like Apple, the North Face, and Toyota, and photography workshops, which this year include a six-day course in Colorado and a sailing trip around northwest Norway. Serena Renner, Outside Online, "The Wild Life of Instagram Star Chris Burkard," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of sailing

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sailing was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of sailing

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

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