Definition of sailing in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of sailing in a ship or boat.

    as modifier ‘a sailing club’
    • ‘It would also be prominent in the GP14 class as it has the largest fleet of such sailing craft in Ireland, with 35 boats.’
    • ‘This is not just about hotels and transport, you will be able to book a round of golf too or sailing lessons.’
    • ‘She recognised that it was their financial support and Andrew's enthusiasm for the sport of ocean sailing that enabled her team to break four world sailing records in 2002.’
    • ‘The full one-way journey would take 43 hours of sailing and the best part of a leisurely fortnight.’
    • ‘During the summer months he was a windsurfing and sailing instructor in Greece.’
    • ‘Every July, Ullswater Yacht Club plays host to one of the biggest inland sailing events in the country.’
    • ‘The sea was now full of big sailing dinghies but not our dive boat.’
    • ‘It owns a fishery and fishing lakes, water skiing, sailing lakes, golf, tennis and a health and fitness club.’
    • ‘The air was thick with the smell of the ocean, sailors beginning to untie their ships for mornings of sailing and fishing.’
    • ‘He was a passionate about sailing and frequently organized sailing events with exclusive yacht clubs.’
    • ‘More than 8,000 crew are participating in the world's biggest international sailing regatta.’
    • ‘Lunch was delayed until 3 pm when the boat reached Port Adventure because conditions while sailing were too rough for serving the meal.’
    • ‘Dingy sailing is well underway at the club as new sailors complete their training courses and join in the fun.’
    1. 1.1count noun A voyage made by a ferry or cruise ship, especially according to a planned schedule.
      ‘the company operates five sailings a day from Ramsgate to Dunkirk’
      • ‘Although the port, too, had to be closed for several hours, sailings of the ferries - the Lynx and the Sonia - were unaffected.’
      • ‘Fewer sailings operate over the winter months, so give yourself plenty of time to reach Ardrossan.’
      • ‘Booked traffic will be accommodated on the next available sailing.’
      • ‘Fewer sailings operate during winter - see the timetable for details.’
      • ‘The larger Island Princess will now sail on the 15-day round trip sailings from Los Angeles, in place of the previously announced Regal Princess.’
      • ‘There are ferry sailings to the Isle of Wight and to France and northern Spain.’
      • ‘You have several options for booking your cruise. You can search your favorite cruise line's or consolidator's Web site for repositioning cruises or one-way sailings.’
      • ‘More than 2.5 million vacationers are expected to enjoy a cruise of less than seven days on some 1,500 sailings this year.’
      • ‘Several other ferries have now resumed sailings.’
      • ‘Hubbard Glacier is the one that cruise ships visit on the seven-day sailings between Anchorage and Vancouver.’
      • ‘The incentive is to see a group of islands that can't be reached in one-week sailings from the Continental U.S. For Puerto Rican residents, these trips bring Caribbean cruise sailings to their front door.’
      • ‘The severe weather took its toll on Christmas travellers last week, with internal and external ferry sailings hit.’
      • ‘If you have a foreign villa or hotel booked, but don't want to fly to reach it, we've checked out the latest news on ferry sailings and the Tunnel, and provided three great driving routes to the sun through France.’
      • ‘Ferry sailings in and out of Orkney were cancelled on Thursday, due to adverse weather conditions.’
      • ‘At the conclusion of her winter season in Miami, the Norwegian Dawn will begin an innovative itinerary of seven-day Bahamas sailings from New York on May 18.’
      • ‘Investigations into the incident, which occurred at 1pm on Monday, are underway and Mr Banks added that sailings were now operating as normal following repairs to the ship.’
      • ‘Heysham is also no stranger to the trappings of the modern world with its two nuclear power stations and ferry port, which has frequent car ferry sailings to the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland.’
      • ‘Coaches from Inverness to Scrabster are scheduled to fit in with the ferry sailings.’
      • ‘Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore have also benefited as East Coast homeland ports, while 2002 became a banner year for the number of sailings scheduled from North American ports.’
      • ‘The rights and wrongs of affecting the public, of disrupting ferry sailings and travelling plans for the 3,000 people which the port authorities said were due to use the ferryport during the day have been well debated at this stage.’
      journey, trip, expedition, excursion, tour, hike, trek, tramp, safari, pilgrimage, quest, crusade, odyssey
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    2. 1.2in singular An act of beginning a voyage or of leaving a harbour.
      ‘on the eve of her sailing, she learned that news had come in from Cyprus’