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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Water sports such as sailing and kayaking are an emphasis, but the property also has indoor and outdoor pools and two restaurants with water views and extensive menus of Michigan beers on tap. New York Times, "Looking for a Weekend Escape? Here Are 5 Family-Friendly Options," 6 July 2018 Brace yourself for long stretches of ho-hum sailing and island hopping in the early goings, if not in general gameplay. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Microsoft might finally have a forward-thinking game with Sea of Thieves," 30 Jan. 2018 Four and a half months later, major parts of the British Overseas Territory famed as a sailing and diving paradise and offshore tax haven still lack electricity. Linda Robertson, miamiherald, "They survived Hurricane Irma’s direct hit, so running Miami Marathon should be no sweat," 26 Jan. 2018 Special-interest hobby groups, an equestrian center, golf and tennis facilities, and nearby beaches with sailing and scuba opportunities are part of the community life in Dhahran and other locations. Houston Chronicle, "Expat life offers many professional, personal opportunities," 19 Jan. 2018 On Monday and Tuesday nights, hop aboard the Anita Dee II at Navy Pier for three hours of sailing and boozing with other professionals drinking off the two hardest days of the week. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Get yourself on a boat: The best booze cruises in Chicago," 8 June 2017 The second sailing will depart Long Beach on Dec. 7, traveling south to La Paz, Mexico. Rosemary Mcclure,, "Be one of the first to sail on National Geographic's newest expedition ship on inaugural California coast cruises," 5 July 2018 Since sailing is a year-round activity in South Florida, Shake-a-Leg runs programs other than summer camp. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "Shake-a-Leg provides sailing experience for children of all abilities," 20 June 2018 Its first sailing with paying passengers begins Tuesday. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New Viking Cruises ship boasts high-tech planetarium," 14 June 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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