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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SAILED

We sailed that day in the small boat for Narragansett,—I know not where.

They had known what to expect from such a general, since the day when they sailed for Thrace.

We stood off a piece, and sailed around it and over it, and it was just grand.

It was as though they might have sailed so upon that wonderful voyage forever.

I was put on board as a passenger, and we sailed about a week after the ship got in from London.

In January we sailed, making the best of our way for the straits of Gibraltar.

The brig loaded with cocao, in bulk, at Guayaquil, and sailed for Cadiz.

We sailed two days after I joined the brig, and had a ten or twelve days' passage.

We took in a return cargo of brandy, and sailed for Philadelphia.

I now inquired for the Brandywine, but found she had sailed for the Mediterranean.

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].

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.