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 for sailing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sail \Sail\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sailed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Sailing.] [AS. segelian, seglian. See Sail, n.]
     1. To be impelled or driven forward by the action of wind
        upon sails, as a ship on water; to be impelled on a body
        of water by the action of steam or other power.
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     2. To move through or on the water; to swim, as a fish or a
        water fowl.
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     3. To be conveyed in a vessel on water; to pass by water; as,
        they sailed from London to Canton.
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     4. To set sail; to begin a voyage.
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     5. To move smoothly through the air; to glide through the air
        without apparent exertion, as a bird.
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              As is a winged messenger of heaven, . . .
              When he bestrides the lazy pacing clouds,
              And sails upon the bosom of the air.  --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sailing \Sail"ing\, n.
     1. The act of one who, or that which, sails; the motion of a
        vessel on water, impelled by wind or steam; the act of
        starting on a voyage.
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     2. (Naut.) The art of managing a vessel; seamanship;
        navigation; as, globular sailing; oblique sailing.
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     Note: For the several methods of sailing, see under
           Circular, Globular, Oblique, Parallel, etc.
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     Sailing master (U. S. Navy), formerly, a warrant officer,
        ranking next below a lieutenant, whose duties were to
        navigate the vessel; and under the direction of the
        executive officer, to attend to the stowage of the hold,
        to the cables, rigging, etc. The grade was merged in that
        of master in 1862.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the work of a sailor [syn: seafaring, navigation,
      2: riding in a sailboat
      3: the departure of a vessel from a port
      4: the activity of flying a glider [syn: glide, gliding,
         sailplaning, soaring, sailing]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  54 Moby Thesaurus words for "sailing":
     aeronautics, air service, airline, astronautics, aviation,
     ballooning, blind flying, boating, canoeing, circumnavigation,
     cloud-seeding, coasting, commercial aviation, contact flying,
     cruising, flight, flow, flowing, flying, general aviation, glide,
     gliding, gunkholing, motorboating, navigability, navigating,
     navigation, passage-making, periplus, pilotage, rowing,
     sailplaning, sculling, sea travel, seafaring, skating, skiing,
     skim, sledding, slide, sliding, slipping, slither, slithering,
     soaring, steaming, sweep, sweeping, tobogganing, travel by water,
     voyaging, water travel, winging, yachting

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