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 MSC Cruises was the first line to resume service in the Mediterranean in 2020, and with the arrival of Seashore, now has 13 of its 19 ships in the fleet sailing around the world, with three more due before the end of the year. Richard Tribou,, 19 Nov. 2021 Rates per room per night start at $1,525, and includes all meals, soft drinks, select alcohol, transfers from the mainland, watersports, sailing and all on-island activities. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 16 Nov. 2021 At this coastal village—with boisterous dockside banter as well as African tulip trees with orange flowers and red hibiscus—fishermen still visit the chapel each morning to say a prayer before rowing or sailing out into sometimes dangerous waters. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 Being able to tie a few knots can especially useful when camping, sailing, or participating in many different outdoor sports. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Oct. 2021 The watersports center offers sailing, kite surfing and kite boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, water skiing and wakeboarding, snorkeling and scuba-diving. CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 Varo’s paintings of people in transit — sailing in precarious boats, wandering through forests, riding bicycles through town or descending steps — all while wearing contemplative expressions. New York Times, 24 Sep. 2021 Though both were used to the water after being avidly into sailing, canoeing and kayaking their whole lives, Chopin and Silverthron prepared for months for the trip with help from America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association. Daniela Carrasco, ajc, 18 Sep. 2021 The inaugural Olympic Virtual Series was launched ahead of this year’s Games with players competing in five sport simulation competitions — auto racing, baseball, cycling, rowing and sailing. Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of sailing

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

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26 Nov 2021

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“Sailing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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