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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!

Definitions of sailing
  1. noun
    the work of a sailor
    synonyms: navigation, seafaring
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    types:
    cabotage
    navigation in coastal waters
    type of:
    employment, work
    the occupation for which you are paid
  2. noun
    riding in a sailboat
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    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
  3. noun
    the departure of a vessel from a port
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    type of:
    departure, going, going away, leaving
    the act of departing
  4. noun
    the activity of flying a glider
    synonyms: glide, gliding, sailplaning, soaring
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    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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