Definition of make sail in English:

make sail


  • 1Spread a sail or sails.

    • ‘To make sail is to spread an additional quantity of sail, so as to increase the ship's velocity.’
    • ‘Stepping their masts and making sail, side by side, the four boats of the Daydream forged steadily ahead.’
    • ‘If called on deck for the purpose of shortening or making sail they should come at once.’
    • ‘As soon as the natives retired ashore, we made sail and spent our time standing off and on.’
    • ‘One never leaves the safety of the cockpit when making sail, reefing, or stowing sails.’
    1. 1.1 Start a voyage.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Having succeeded in this attempt, we made sail for the stockade of the other chief, and arrived there that evening.’
      • ‘He had decided to make sail for that point where they had last seen Dolphin.’
      • ‘The death was a shock to all on board and it was a subdued company that made sail for Bermuda.’
      • ‘After she had been on board about an hour, a breeze springing up, we weighed anchor and made sail.’
      • ‘The latter immediately made sail in chase, and before dark ascertained that the strangers were enemies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As Iberville's ships sailed west, Arriola left Francisco Martinez in command and made sail for Mexico.’
      • ‘We being very short of water, made sail at 6 p.m. on the 25th and took our departure from that place for Texas.’