sail·​ing ˈsā-liŋ How to pronounce sailing (audio)
: the technical skill of managing a ship : navigation
: the method of determining the course to be followed to reach a given point
: the sport of handling or riding in a sailboat
: a departure from a port

Example Sentences

They're going sailing next week.
Recent Examples on the Web Historically, when a person working the land in Australia needed to replace an implement, there would be a six-month turnaround, as the sailing ship went off to Merry Old England and then sailed back with the replacement. Greg Story, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Nose out over mask, like the prow of a sailing ship? Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 At the top is a sailing ship bringing the first French settlers to the state’s shore. al, 16 Feb. 2022 Disney Cruise Line's Marvel Day at Sea is coming back, and travelers have a better chance than ever of sailing with their favorite character. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2022 Guests of that sailing will automatically receive a full refund back to your original form of payment. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 28 Sep. 2022 Weapons technology will also change dramatically in future decades, Milley said, and the shift will be as radical as the change from musket to the rifle, the rifle to the machine gun or from sailing to steam ships. Thomas Phippen, Fox News, 21 May 2022 The Oyster 595 sailing yacht, built in the U.K., will set you back just $2.9 million, down 15% from 2021. Andrea Murphy, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2022 This beautiful 45-meter sailing yacht built by Italian shipyard Perini Navi has been exhibited at the Monaco Yacht Show several times since it was delivered back in 2007. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 1 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of sailing was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

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

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