Synonyms of sail
1 go by water • We sailed upstream.
go by water
cruise • She wants to cruise the canals of France in a barge.
voyage • The boat is currently voyaging through the Barents Sea.
ride the waves
go by sea
2 set sailDictionary • The boat is due to sail tonight.
set sail • He loaded his vessel with another cargo and set sail.
get under way
put to sea
cast or weigh anchor
hoist the blue peter
3 pilotDictionary • I shall get myself a little boat and sail her around the world.
pilot • Local fishermen piloted the boats.
steer • What is it like to steer a ship of this size?
navigate • He was responsible for safely navigating the ship.
4 glideDictionary • We got into the lift and sailed to the top floor.
glide • the albatross which glides effortlessly behind the yacht
sweep • The car swept past the gate house.
float • barges floating quietly by the grassy river banks
fly • The bird flew away.
wing • Several birds broke cover and went winging over the lake.
soar • Buzzards soar overhead at a great height.
drift • We proceeded to drift along the river.
skim • seagulls skimming over the waves
scud • heavy, rain-laden clouds scudding across the sky
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ sail into something or someone
IDIOM:▷ set sail
PHRASE:▷ under sail
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cruiseIf you cruise a sea, river, or canal, you travel around it or along it on a cruise.
• She wants to cruise the canals of France in a barge.
driftWhen something drifts somewhere, it is carried there by the movement of wind or water.
• We proceeded to drift along the river.
be carried along,
be carried along,
floatIf something or someone is floating in a liquid, they are in the liquid, on or just below the surface, and are being supported by it. You can also float something on a liquid.
• barges floating quietly by the grassy river banks
Thesaurus for sail from the Collins English Thesaurus
an area of fabric, usually Terylene or nylon (formerly canvas), with fittings for holding it in any suitable position to catch the wind, used for propelling certain kinds of vessels, esp over water
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