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sail Tweet Definition of sail Like Definition of sail on Facebook
  1. A piece of fabric attached to a boat and arranged such that it causes the wind to drive the boat along. The sail may be attached to the boat via a combination of mast, spars and ropes.
  2. A trip in a boat, especially a sailboat.
  3. The blade of a windmill
  4. A tower-like structure found on the dorsal (topside) surface of submarines.
  5. The floating organ of siphonophores, such as the Portuguese man-of-war.
  1. To ride in a boat, especially a sailboat.
  2. To move briskly and gracefully through the air.
  3. To move briskly.
sailing Tweet Definition of sailing Like Definition of sailing on Facebook
  1. Motion across a body of water in a craft powerered by the wind, as a sport or otherwise
  2. Navigation; the skill needed to operate and navigate a vessel
  3. The time of departure from a port
  1. (present participle of, sail)
  1. Travelling by ship
sailor Tweet Definition of sailor Like Definition of sailor on Facebook
  1. One who follows the business of navigating ships or other vessels; one who understands the practical management of ships; one of the crew of a vessel; a mariner; a common seaman.
salty Tweet Definition of salty Like Definition of salty on Facebook
adjective (salti, er)
  1. Tasting of salt.
  2. Containing salt.
  3. Coarse, provocative, earthy; said of language.
  4. Experienced, especially used to indicate a veteran of the naval services.
seagoing Tweet Definition of seagoing Like Definition of seagoing on Facebook
  1. made for, or used on the high seas
seaway Tweet Definition of seaway Like Definition of seaway on Facebook
  1. (nautical) a lane or route at sea that is regularly used by ships; a sea lane or trade route
  2. (nautical) an inland waterway used by seagoing shipping
  3. (nautical) the headway of a vessel
ship biscuit Tweet Definition of ship biscuit Like Definition of ship biscuit on Facebook
  1. (nautical) hardtack
shipping Tweet Definition of shipping Like Definition of shipping on Facebook
noun uncountable
  1. The transportation of goods
  2. The body of ships belonging to one nation, port or industry
  3. Passage or transport on a ship
shipwreck Tweet Definition of shipwreck Like Definition of shipwreck on Facebook
  1. A boat that has sunk or run aground so that it is no longer seaworthy.
  2. An event where a ship sinks or runs aground.
  1. To wreck a boat through a collision or mishap.
shoreward Tweet Definition of shoreward Like Definition of shoreward on Facebook
  1. In the direction of the shoreline, relatively speaking.
  1. toward the shore
skipper Tweet Definition of skipper Like Definition of skipper on Facebook
  1. (nautical) The master of a ship.
  2. A coach, director, or other leader.
  3. (cricket) the captain of a cricket team.
= verb 
  1. (transitive) To be the skipper of a ship
slue Tweet Definition of slue Like Definition of slue on Facebook
  1. The act of sluing or the place to which something has slued.
verb (slu, ing)
  1. (transitive) To rotate something on an axis
  2. (transitive) To turn something sharply
  3. (intransitive) To rotate on an axis; to pivot
  4. (intransitive) To slide off course; to skid
splice Tweet Definition of splice Like Definition of splice on Facebook
  1. (nautical) A junction or joining of kids made by splicing them apart.
  2. (electrical) the electrical and mechanical connection between two pieces of wire or cable.
  3. (cricket) that part of a bat where the handle joins the blade
verb (splic, ing)
  1. To unite, as two ropes, or parts of a rope, by a particular manner of interweaving the strands, -- the union being between two ends, or between an end and the body of a rope.
  2. To unite, as spars, timbers, rails, etc., by lapping the two ends together, or by applying a piece which laps upon the two ends, and then binding, or in any way making fast.
  3. To unite in marriage.
  4. (figuratively) To unite as if splicing.
he argues against attempts to different genres or species of literature into a single composition.
SS Tweet Definition of SS Like Definition of SS on Facebook
  1. Schutzstaffel
  2. social security
  3. spousal support
  4. steam ship
standing Tweet Definition of standing Like Definition of standing on Facebook
  1. position, Position or reputation in society or a profession: "He does not have much of a as a chemist".
  2. duration, Duration.
  3. The act of a person who stands, or a place where someone stands.
  4. (sports) The position of a team in a league or of a player in a list: "After their last win, their went up three places".
  5. room in which to park a vehicle or vehicles
    • 1992, P.D. James, The Children of Men, page 28:
      "There was no garage at Lathbury Road, but we had for two cars in front of the house."
    • 2000, Bob Breen, Mission Accomplished, East Timor, page 149:
      "The engineering crisis boiled down to roads, hard , and waste."
      1. the right to bring a legal action
  1. (present participle of, stand); in the process of coming to an upright position
  1. erect, Erect, not cut down.
  2. Performed from an erect position.
  3. remaining, Remaining in force or status.
  4. stagnant, Stagnant; not moving or flowing.
steersman Tweet Definition of steersman Like Definition of steersman on Facebook
noun (steersmen)
  1. (nautical) One who steers; the helmsman
stream Tweet Definition of stream Like Definition of stream on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, stream, stream (river))
  1. A small river; a large creek; a body of moving water confined by banks
  2. A thin connected passing of a liquid through a lighter gas (e.g. air)
He poured the milk in a thin from the jug to the glass.
  1. Any steady flow or succession of material, such as water, air, radio signal or words
Her constant nagging was to him a of abuse.
  1. (science) Umbrella term for all moving waters.
  2. (computing) A source or repository of data that can be read or written only sequentially.
  1. (intransitive) To flow in a continuous or steady manner, like a liquid.
  2. (internet) To push continuous data (e.g. music) from a server to a client computer while it is being used (played) on the client.
swallow Tweet Definition of swallow Like Definition of swallow on Facebook
  1. (archaic) A deep chasm or abyss in the earth.
  2. The amount swallowed in one gulp; the act of swallowing.
He took the aspirin with a single of water.
  1. (transitive) To cause to pass from the mouth into the stomach.
Try not to too much toothpaste.
The duck swallowed the frog.
  1. (intransitive) To take food down into the stomach; to make the muscular contractions of the oesophagous which this entails.
I swallowed nervously, wondering who was outside the window.
  1. (transitive) To take in, to consume, to absorb or cause to disappear.
Any extra money will be swallowed up by the mortgage repayments.
  1. (transitive) To believe or accept.
I find his excuses a little hard to .
swamp Tweet Definition of swamp Like Definition of swamp on Facebook
  1. A type of wetland that stretches for vast distances, and is home to many creatures who have adapted specifically to that environment.
  1. To overwhelm; to make too busy or overrun capacity.
I have been swamped with paperwork ever since they started using the new system.
  1. To clear
2006 New York Times
  • Mr. Spitzer"s defeat of his Democratic opponent ... ended a primary season in which Hillary Rodham Clinton swamped an antiwar challenger for renomination to the Senate.

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