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 Those cuts resulted in service cuts, and sailings were further reduced by a lengthy labor strike and unexpected mechanical failures. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "House lawmakers propose first piece of fix for Alaska ferry crisis," 14 Feb. 2020 Last year, AmaWaterways launched a package on its Danube River sailings on the AmaMagna riverboat. Elissa Garay, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Destination Vow Renewals at Sea Are Becoming So Popular," 12 Feb. 2020 Royal Caribbean has cancelled eight China sailings through March 4. CBS News, "How the coronavirus is impacting cruises and passengers," 11 Feb. 2020 At least 21 sailings between China and the Americas have been canceled so far, according to Sea-Intelligence, along with 10 cancellations in the Asia-Europe trade loop. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Coronavirus Toll on Shipping Reaches $350 Million a Week," 10 Feb. 2020 Royal Caribbean canceled eight China sailings through March 4 on its Spectrum of the Seas ship, the cruiseliner's only vessel homeported in the country, a spokesperson said Wednesday. Daniela Sirtori-cortina, CNN, "Going on a cruise? Here's how the coronavirus will change your trip," 7 Feb. 2020 The images reinforce the notion that the U.S. Navy is, ton for ton, the largest and most capable navy sailing today. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The 'Big Stick' Carrier Strike Group Is Packing Some Major Firepower," 4 Feb. 2020 This is an unofficial perk of booking a one-way Alaska sailing (departing from Seattle/Vancouver and arriving in Seward/Anchorage, Alaska – or vice versa): more time to see Alaska and the coast. You,, "I’m 31 & This Is How Much I Spent On My Solo Trip On A Cruise Through Alaska," 30 Jan. 2020 Virtuoso regularly gets benefits and amenities valued at $800 to $3,000 per sailing, such as airport transfers, a car and driver in port, or a private lunch in the home of a former ambassador. National Geographic, "Do people still use travel agents?," 27 Jan. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sailing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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