One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Spread a sail or sails.
- ‘One never leaves the safety of the cockpit when making sail, reefing, or stowing sails.’
- ‘Stepping their masts and making sail, side by side, the four boats of the Daydream forged steadily ahead.’
- ‘As soon as the natives retired ashore, we made sail and spent our time standing off and on.’
- ‘If called on deck for the purpose of shortening or making sail they should come at once.’
- ‘To make sail is to spread an additional quantity of sail, so as to increase the ship's velocity.’
- 1.1 Start a voyage.
- ‘As Iberville's ships sailed west, Arriola left Francisco Martinez in command and made sail for Mexico.’
- ‘On the twenty-first, the weather being unusually pleasant, we again made sail to the southward, with the resolution of penetrating in that course as far as possible.’
- ‘After she had been on board about an hour, a breeze springing up, we weighed anchor and made sail.’
- ‘We being very short of water, made sail at 6 p.m. on the 25th and took our departure from that place for Texas.’
- ‘Having succeeded in this attempt, we made sail for the stockade of the other chief, and arrived there that evening.’
- ‘The latter immediately made sail in chase, and before dark ascertained that the strangers were enemies.’
- ‘The death was a shock to all on board and it was a subdued company that made sail for Bermuda.’
- ‘He had decided to make sail for that point where they had last seen Dolphin.’
- ‘At half-past twelve, when the two frigates were about three miles apart, the Pique filled her yards and made sail towards the Blanche, which shortly after had brought-to the schooner.’
- ‘The wind began to stir, so it was time to up anchor and make sail before the flood would impede my exit from the Roach and make its way up the Crouch.’
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