(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. cruise, voyage; set sail; navigate, traverse. See navigation.—n. canvas; moonsail, moon-raker; jib, foresail, lateen, lug, mainsail, mizzen, spanker, topsail. See ship.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [Means of sailing a vessel]
Syn. sheet, sheets, canvas, muslin, cloth, rag*.
Sails include: mainsail, foresail, topsail, jib, spanker, ringsail, skysail, spritsail, staysail, fisherman staysail, topgallant, mizzen, fore topsail, fore staysail, fore trysail, fore royal, studdingsail, storm trysail, flying jib, outer jib, inner jib, working sails, light sails, kites, mizzen topsail, main topsail, upper main topsail, main staysail, fore skysail, mizzen topgallant, fore topgallant, trysail, mizzenroyal, balloon sail, spinnaker, spanker, balloon jib, crossjack, Genoa.
2. [A journey by sailing vessel]
Syn. voyage, cruise, trip; see journey .
set sail,
Syn. go, depart, set out; see leave v. 1 , sail v. 1 , 2 .
1. [To embark]
Syn. take ship, put to sea, put out to sea, make sail, get under way, set sail, weigh anchor, leave, begin a voyage.
2. [To travel by sailing]
Syn. cruise, voyage, bear in with the land, go alongside, bear down on, bear for, direct one's course for, set sail, put on sail, crowd sail, put to sea, sail away from, navigate, travel, make headway, mis-stay, lie in, make at, make for, heave to, lay in, lay for, fetch up, bring to, bear off, double a point, close with, back and fill, bear up for, run down, run in, put off, put in, gather way, hug the shore, plow the waves*, hang out the washing*, plow the deep*.
3. [To fly]
Syn. float, soar, ride the storm, skim, glide.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
ply the seas, cruise, ride the bounding main, pilot, navigate, skipper, tack, float, drift, shove off, cast off.
change tack: come about
close to the wind: luffing, close-hauled
come about: hard alee
crew member: hand
dead calm area of sea: doldrums
fin used in place of keel: centerboard, daggerboard
lean of vessel while sailing: heel
line fitting on deck: chock
line fixture with prongs: cleat
lines and wires: rigging
line used to hoist sail: lanyard
mast, aft-most: mizzenmast
mast, angle of: rake
mast housing on deck: tabernacle
mooring bow line: painter, bowline
overhead: aloft
pennant, yacht club: burgee
race: regatta
rigging, mast: forestay
roll up sail: furl
rope stairway to aloft: ratlines
sail, adjust angle of: trim
sail, aftermast, rigged fore-and-aft: spanker
sail, forward, triangular: foresail, jib
sail, large forward: Genoa
sail, largest: mainsail
sail, large, three-cornered: spinnaker
sail, lower a: strike, take in
sail, L-shaped: blooper
sail, raise a: hoist, set
sail, reduce main: reef
sail set forward of mast, any: headsail
sail, square, set abeam: square-rigged
sail, triangular, fore-and-aft-rigged: Bermuda-rigged, Marconi-rigged
sail used in weak winds: drifter
seat used for worker aloft: bosun’s chair
shallow water, sailing in: gunkholing
sideways, moving: crabbing, making leeway
spar, large vertical sail: mast
spar on bow to which headsail is attached: bowsprit
spar on which bottom of sail is attached: boom
steers, crew member who: helmsman
tack downwind: jibe
tack upwind: beat
vessel, tri-hulled: trimaran
vessel, twin-hulled: catamaran wind indicators made of yarn tied to
shrouds: telltales
wind-protected side of vessel: lee, leeward
wind, run before the: scud
wind, sail with the: run
wind, side of boat taking: windward
wires that stabilize mast: shrouds
world, sail around the: circumnavigate
zigzagging course to counter wind: tacking
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To move swiftly: bolt, bucket, bustle, dart, dash, festinate, flash, fleet, flit, fly, haste, hasten, hurry, hustle, pelt2, race, rocket, run, rush, scoot, scour2, shoot, speed, sprint, tear1, trot, whirl, whisk, whiz, wing, zip, zoom. Informal: hotfoot, rip. Slang: barrel, highball. Chiefly British: nip1. Idioms: get a move on, get cracking, go like lightning, go like the wind, hotfoot it, make haste, make time, make tracks, run like the wind, shake a leg, step (or jump) on it. See MOVE. 2. To pass quickly and lightly through the air: dart, float, fly, shoot, skim. See MOVE. 3. To move through the air with or as if ' with wings: flap, flit, flitter, flutter, fly, wing. See MOVE. 4. To proceed with ease, especially of expression: flow, glide, roll. See MOVE.

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