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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But that was sailing as transportation, not as adventure. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "This Silversea Muse Cruise is a Mediterranean Dream Odyssey," 19 Mar. 2019 The offer is valid for sailings through April 5, 2020—prices start at just $728 per person. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cyber Monday Travel Deals of 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 Fares for the Canada sailings to and from New York start at $4,299 per person. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New York to be home to a new cruise line this fall as Windstar Cruises arrives," 9 July 2018 The bride’s mother, Donna Jackson, a travel agent, made the arrangements — with the assistance of a wedding planner — for a sailing on Regal Princess, with 54 on-board guests. Alex Pulaski,, "Say 'I do' and save money? Whoever thought you'd say that in the same sentence? But a cruise means both can happen," 10 June 2018 This week, media, politicians and travel agents got a preview of the 4,004-passenger vessel, which is on its way to its first homeport in Seattle for summer sailings to Alaska. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Riding 30 mph go-karts at sea? NCL strives for high-energy fun with its new cruise ship | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 The ship returns to Miami for Caribbean sailings beginning Nov. 17. Richard Tribou,, "Norwegian Bliss first new ship of 2018 to make it to North America," 8 May 2018 Israel previously allowed sailing until 6 nautical miles. Fox News, "Israel shuts down cargo crossing into Gaza to punish Hamas," 17 July 2018 On Wednesday, the catamaran came to Philadelphia to celebrate the Fourth of July and then on Thursday, took former patients from Magee Rehabilitation Hospital out sailing. Maggie Loesch,, "For wheelchair users, this vessel means sailing no longer is an 'Impossible Dream'," 6 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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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