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

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 There's a seven-day Alaska itinerary, which sets sail on August 11, 2018, and a seven-day Caribbean sailing trip, which departs on October 28, 2018. Temi Adebowale, Good Housekeeping, "Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King's BFF Cruise Sold Out in Just One Day," 14 June 2018 The 23-year-old is suddenly fighting for her life on the open seas after a sailing trip with her fiancé Richard Sharp, played by the charming Sam Claflin, takes a disastrous turn. Morgan Baila,, "Shailene Woodley Defends Adrift's Big Twist," 1 June 2018 This has significantly changed the routes and sailing times of very large crude carriers, or VLCCs, the supertankers that move oil across the oceans for the world’s energy giants. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Tanker Owners Cash In on Iran Sanctions and Trade Tensions," 12 Nov. 2018 The two met, at 26, on a boat sailing from Germany to New York City. Tom Hallman Jr.,, "End of a story for a Hawthorne Boulevard bookstore: Tom Hallman," 27 May 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 0:09 Man captures meteor on camera while driving home Tuesday night Advertisement Mike Austin posted video on YouTube of a meteor sailing through the sky during part of his commute Tuesday night. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Red fireball with 'glowing white train' reported over NC, Virginia. What was it?," 18 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of sailing

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

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