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.
Recent Examples on the Web Golf, fishing, tennis, sailing, and water activities are available, and special programs are offered for kids ages 4-7 and 8-12. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 11 May 2022 Simon, a nearly 6-year-old Bombay cat, loves hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, biking, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and even swimming. Wendy Grossman Kantor,, 9 May 2022 As Canada cruising has resumed, CLIA member vessels have sailing through the area more than in the past pandemic season. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Farmington Avenue entrance, offers children’s camps in the summer, along with swimming, sailing, trail biking and, in the winter, skating and cross country skiing. James Alexander,, 4 Apr. 2022 Vatican officials raised concerns about his sailing later in the day on a catamaran to the island of Gozo and his navigating the steps into the Grotto of St. Paul on Sunday in Rabat, in northern Malta. Jason Horowitz,, 2 Apr. 2022 Swimming, diving, sailing, kayaking, and surfing are common life skills or hobbies for residents of the Hawaiian Islands. al, 16 Feb. 2022 Athletes from other sports, including baseball, basketball, crew, golf, softball, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, volleyball, and football were also honored. Gary Curreri,, 3 Feb. 2022 Arksen founder Jasper Smith spent several years during his youth sailing from Australia to Alaska, stopping along the way to explore backwater cruising grounds and climb mountains. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sailing

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

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Last Updated

18 May 2022

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“Sailing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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