sail [-s] n

OE segel, poss. 'hold, have, conquer'.

  1. Spread of canvas; heavy fabric sewed to the masts to catch the wind by which a ship is driven.
  2. Voyager; vessel; traveler.
  3. Ship; vessel made to travel on water.

sail [-ed, -ing, a sailing] v

see sail, n.

  1. Travel on water; move in a vessel propelled by wind upon sails; navigate a boat in a specified direction; [fig.] sojourn; make a journey; travel homeward; [metaphor] live; explore.
  2. Depart; start on a voyage; to leave the port or the place of anchorage.
  3. Fly; float; hover.