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

  Sail \Sail\, n. [OE. seil, AS. segel, segl; akin to D. zeil,
     OHG. segal, G. & Sw. segel, Icel. segl, Dan. seil. [root]
     1. An extent of canvas or other fabric by means of which the
        wind is made serviceable as a power for propelling vessels
        through the water.
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              Behoves him now both sail and oar.    --Milton.
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     2. Anything resembling a sail, or regarded as a sail.
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     3. A wing; a van. [Poetic]
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              Like an eagle soaring
              To weather his broad sails.           --Spenser.
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     4. The extended surface of the arm of a windmill.
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     5. A sailing vessel; a vessel of any kind; a craft.
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     Note: In this sense, the plural has usually the same form as
           the singular; as, twenty sail were in sight.
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     6. A passage by a sailing vessel; a journey or excursion upon
        the water.
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     Note: Sails are of two general kinds, fore-and-aft sails,
           and square sails. Square sails are always bent to
           yards, with their foot lying across the line of the
           vessel. Fore-and-aft sails are set upon stays or gaffs
           with their foot in line with the keel. A fore-and-aft
           sail is triangular, or quadrilateral with the after
           leech longer than the fore leech. Square sails are
           quadrilateral, but not necessarily square. See Phrases
           under Fore, a., and Square, a.; also, Bark,
           Brig, Schooner, Ship, Stay.
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     Sail burton (Naut.), a purchase for hoisting sails aloft
        for bending.
     Sail fluke (Zool.), the whiff.
     Sail hook, a small hook used in making sails, to hold the
        seams square.
     Sail loft, a loft or room where sails are cut out and made.
     Sail room (Naut.), a room in a vessel where sails are
        stowed when not in use.
     Sail yard (Naut.), the yard or spar on which a sail is
     Shoulder-of-mutton sail (Naut.), a triangular sail of
        peculiar form. It is chiefly used to set on a boat's mast.
     To crowd sail. (Naut.) See under Crowd.
     To loose sails (Naut.), to unfurl or spread sails.
     To make sail (Naut.), to extend an additional quantity of
     To set a sail (Naut.), to extend or spread a sail to the
     To set sail (Naut.), to unfurl or spread the sails; hence,
        to begin a voyage.
     To shorten sail (Naut.), to reduce the extent of sail, or
        take in a part.
     To strike sail (Naut.), to lower the sails suddenly, as in
        saluting, or in sudden gusts of wind; hence, to
        acknowledge inferiority; to abate pretension.
     Under sail, having the sails spread.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sail \Sail\, v. t.
     1. To pass or move upon, as in a ship, by means of sails;
        hence, to move or journey upon (the water) by means of
        steam or other force.
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              A thousand ships were manned to sail the sea.
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     2. To fly through; to glide or move smoothly through.
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              Sublime she sails
              The aerial space, and mounts the wing[`e]d gales.
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     3. To direct or manage the motion of, as a vessel; as, to
        sail one's own ship. --Totten.
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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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of
           which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel [syn: sail,
           canvas, canvass, sheet]
      2: an ocean trip taken for pleasure [syn: cruise, sail]
      3: any structure that resembles a sail
      v 1: traverse or travel on (a body of water); "We sailed the
           Atlantic"; "He sailed the Pacific all alone"
      2: move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions; "The diva
         swept into the room"; "Shreds of paper sailed through the
         air"; "The searchlights swept across the sky" [syn: sweep,
      3: travel on water propelled by wind; "I love sailing,
         especially on the open sea"; "the ship sails on"
      4: travel on water propelled by wind or by other means; "The QE2
         will sail to Southampton tomorrow" [syn: voyage, sail,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  178 Moby Thesaurus words for "sail":
     aeroplane, airlift, airplane, balloon, balloon sail, batten,
     be airborne, be effortless, be painless, boat, boltrope, breeze,
     canoe, canvas, carry sail, circumnavigate, clew, cloth, coast,
     course, cringle, cross, crossing, crowd of sail, cruise, dart,
     drift, earing, embark, ferry, fleet, flit, float, flow, fly,
     fly-by-night, flying kites, foot, fore gaff-topsail,
     fore topgallant sail, fore-and-aft sail, fore-skysail,
     fore-topmast staysail, fore-topsail, foreroyal, foresail,
     forestaysail, galley, get under way, ghost, give no trouble, glide,
     glissade, go by ship, go easily, go like clockwork,
     go off soundings, go on shipboard, go to sea, have way upon, head,
     hop, hover, hydroplane, ice-skate, jenny, jet, jib, jigger, leech,
     leg, leg-of-mutton sail, loose-footed sail, luff, lug,
     main gaff-topsail, main royal, main skysail, main-royal staysail,
     main-topsail, mainsail, make a passage, mizzen, mizzen skysail,
     mizzen staysail, mizzen-royal staysail, mizzen-topgallant sail,
     moonraker, moonsail, motorboat, muslin, navigate, ocean trip,
     parachute spinnaker, passage, pilot, plain sail, plane,
     plow the deep, ply, present no difficulties, press of sail,
     push off, put off, put to sea, rag, reduced sail, reef, reef point,
     reefed sail, ride, ride the sea, roll, roller-skate, row, royal,
     run, run smoothly, sail away, sail round, sail the sea, sailboat,
     sailing boat, sailing cruiser, sailing ship, sailing vessel,
     sailplane, scud, scull, sea trip, seafare, seaplane, set sail,
     shakedown cruise, shoot, shove off, sideslip, skate, skateboard,
     ski, skid, skim, skyscraper, sled, sleigh, slide, slip, slither,
     soar, spanker, spinnaker, spitfire, square sail, staysail, steam,
     steamboat, steer, stern staysail, storm trysail, sweep,
     take a voyage, take the air, take wing, tall ship, toboggan,
     topsail, traverse, trysail, volplane, voyage, waft,
     walk the waters, windboat, windjammer, windship, wing, work well,

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

         Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory [language] (USA, AI)

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

   /sayl/, /S?A?I?L/, n.
      1. The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. An important site in the early
      development of LISP; with the MIT AI Lab, BBN, CMU, XEROX PARC, and the
      Unix community, one of the major wellsprings of technical innovation and
      hacker-culture traditions (see the WAITS entry for details). The SAIL
      machines were shut down in late May 1990, scant weeks after the MIT AI
      Lab's ITS cluster was officially decommissioned.
      2. The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Language used at SAIL (sense 1). It
      was an Algol-60 derivative with a coroutining facility and some new data
      types intended for building search trees and association lists.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1.  Stanford Artificial Intelligence
     2.  Stanford Artificial Intelligence Language.
     3.  An early system on the Larc computer.
     [Listed in CACM 2(5):16, May 1959].
     [{Jargon File]

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