sail·​ing | \ ˈsā-liŋ How to pronounce sailing (audio) \

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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All 2019 sailing planned for Cuba will have alternative ports in the Caribbean. Leada Gore |,, "No more Cuba cruises: Carnival, others cancel trips, offer refunds," 6 June 2019 The 10 new sailings, between December 2019 and February 2020, will vary widely in duration, from three- and five-day getaways to 14- and 15-day trips to Hawaii. Lori Weisberg,, "Carnival Cruise Line returning to San Diego after leaving in 2012," 28 June 2018 Nieuw Statendam's first voyage, scheduled to begin Dec. 5, is a trans-Atlantic sailing from Civitavecchia, Italy (near Rome) to Fort Lauderdale. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Oprah Winfrey to christen a Holland America cruise ship, Nieuw Statendam," 13 June 2018 After sailing the Mediterranean, the ship will reposition to PortMiami on a 12-night transatlantic voyage that departs Oct. 28 and begin Caribbean sailings on Nov. 9 with the first seven-night cruise on Nov. 17. Richard Tribou,, "Take a tour of the world's largest cruise ship," 6 Apr. 2018 The America's Cup, sailing's most coveted trophy, resided here for 132 years. Luke O'brien, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 1 Sep. 2013 More than 300,000 ferry sailings traveled the Salish Sea in 2018, while 6,330 cargo, container and passenger vessels and 1,134 oil tankers and barge tows also entered Washington waters. The Seattle Times, "How our noise is hurting orcas’ search for salmon," 19 May 2019 Autonomous and sailing without a human crew, Sea Hunter—or a ship like it—would be packed with food, water, ammunition and medical supplies and sent to assist waiting Marines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Robotic Ship Could Become a Marine's Lifeline," 9 May 2019 Basically, Kate and William plan to compete in a sailing race this summer, which is more than a little exciting. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears Nautical Stripes As She Launches King's Cup Sailing Regatta with Prince William," 7 May 2019

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First Known Use of sailing

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

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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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