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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SAIL

He didn't go on board till the morning on which the ship was to sail.

A five, a four and the main,' shouted the big man, with a voice like the flap of a sail.

A little later the larboard fore-sheet went, and the sail was split.

We had a ship, a brig, and twelve schooners, fourteen sail in all.

We set it, double-reefed, which made it but a rag of a sail, and yet the ship felt it directly.

The St. Louis was with us most of this time, though she did not sail from America in company.

It was said to consist of twenty-four sail of the line, six frigates, and three sloops.

Nelson pursued them with ten sail of the line and three frigates.

It was reported that the French were again out with 18 or 20 sail.

Of thirteen sail of the line, nine were taken and two burned.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English segl "sail, veil, curtain," from Proto-Germanic *seglom (cf. Old Saxon, Swedish segel, Old Norse segl, Old Frisian seil, Dutch zeil, Old High German segal, German Segel), of obscure origin with no known cognates outside Germanic (Irish seol, Welsh hwyl "sail" are Germanic loan-words). In some sources (Klein, OED) referred to PIE root *sek- "to cut," as if meaning "a cut piece of cloth." To take the wind out of (someone's) sails (1888) is to deprive (someone) of the means of progress, especially by sudden and unexpected action, "as by one vessel sailing between the wind and another vessel," ["The Encyclopaedic Dictionary," 1888].

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