sailing

The activity or sport of riding in a boat that's propelled by the wind is sailing. If not even the slightest breeze is blowing, it's not a great day for sailing.

Sailing can be as simple as jumping aboard a friend's sailboat and taking a ride on a lake. Being in charge of piloting the boat, shifting the sails, and keeping it moving on the water, is also sailing. If you're curious how it's done, you can take sailing lessons!

Primary Meanings of sailing

1.
n
the work of a sailor
2.
n
the activity of flying a glider
Full Definitions of sailing
1

n the work of a sailor

Synonyms:
navigation, seafaring
Types:
cabotage
navigation in coastal waters
Type of:
employment, work
the occupation for which you are paid

n riding in a sailboat

Types:
luff
the act of sailing close to the wind
beat
the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
tack
sailing a zigzag course
Type of:
seafaring, water travel
travel by water

n the departure of a vessel from a port

Type of:
departure, going, going away, leaving
the act of departing
2

n the activity of flying a glider

Synonyms:
glide, gliding, sailplaning, soaring
Types:
hang gliding
gliding in a hang glider
paragliding, parasailing
gliding in a parasail
Type of:
flight, flying
an instance of traveling by air

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