ADJ. main | canvas
VERB + SAIL hoist, raise | drop, lower | adjust, trim | fill The dinghy gathered speed as the wind filled her sails. | reef, shorten | furl
SAIL + VERB billow, flap The bay was full of yachts with billowing sails. | fill
SAIL + NOUN area, shape, size | canvas
PREP. under ~ The yacht came in under sail and anchored near us.
PHRASES the days of sail The boat is preserved as a monument to the days of sail. | in/under full sail She advanced towards us like a galleon in full sail. | set sail (for) We set sail for France at first light.
ADV. serenely | single-handed to sail single-handed around the world | away, back, on, out, past The boat sailed serenely on towards the horizon.
VERB + SAIL learn to | teach sb to
PREP. across sailing across the English Channel | down, for The ferry sails for Southampton at 5.30. | from, into We sailed the boat out into the middle of the lake. | on We sailed on a large ocean liner. sailing on the sea | out of sailing out of the harbour | to sailing from Dover to Calais. | up, etc.