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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  2.  (Naut.)  The  art  of  managing  a  vessel;  seamanship; 
  navigation;  as  globular  sailing;  oblique  sailing. 
  Note:  For  the  several  methods  of  sailing,  see  under 
  {Circular},  {Globular},  {Oblique},  {Parallel},  etc 
  {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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  2.  To  move  through  or  on  the  water;  to  swim,  as  a  fish  or  a 
  water  fowl. 
  3.  To  be  conveyed  in  a  vessel  on  water;  to  pass  by  water;  as 
  they  sailed  from  London  to  Canton. 
  4.  To  set  sail;  to  begin  a  voyage. 
  5.  To  move  smoothly  through  the  air;  to  glide  through  the  air 
  without  apparent  exertion,  as  a  bird. 
  As  is  a  winged  messenger  of  heaven,  .  .  .  When  he 
  bestrides  the  lazy  pacing  clouds,  And  sails  upon  the 
  bosom  of  the  air.  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Circular  \Cir"cu*lar\,  a.  [L.  circularis,  fr  circulus  circle: 
  cf  F.  circulaire  See  {Circle}.] 
  1.  In  the  form  of  or  bounded  by  a  circle;  round. 
  2.  repeating  itself  ending  in  itself  reverting  to  the  point 
  of  beginning;  hence  illogical;  inconclusive;  as  circular 
  3.  Adhering  to  a  fixed  circle  of  legends;  cyclic;  hence 
  mean  inferior.  See  {Cyclic  poets},  under  {Cyclic}. 
  Had  Virgil  been  a  circular  poet,  and  closely  adhered 
  to  history,  how  could  the  Romans  have  had  Dido? 
  4.  Addressed  to  a  circle,  or  to  a  number  of  persons  having  a 
  common  interest;  circulated,  or  intended  for  circulation; 
  as  a  circular  letter. 
  A  proclamation  of  Henry  III.,  .  .  .  doubtless 
  circular  throughout  England.  --Hallam. 
  5.  Perfect;  complete.  [Obs.] 
  A  man  so  absolute  and  circular  In  all  those 
  wished-for  rarities  that  may  take  A  virgin  captive. 
  {Circular  are},  any  portion  of  the  circumference  of  a  circle. 
  {Circular  cubics}  (Math.),  curves  of  the  third  order  which 
  are  imagined  to  pass  through  the  two  circular  points  at 
  {Circular  functions}.  (Math.)  See  under  {Function}. 
  {Circular  instruments},  mathematical  instruments  employed  for 
  measuring  angles,  in  which  the  graduation  extends  round 
  the  whole  circumference  of  a  circle,  or  360[deg]. 
  {Circular  lines},  straight  lines  pertaining  to  the  circle,  as 
  sines,  tangents,  secants,  etc 
  {Circular}  {note  or  letter}. 
  a  (Com.)  See  under  {Credit}. 
  b  (Diplomacy)  A  letter  addressed  in  identical  terms  to  a 
  number  of  persons. 
  {Circular  numbers}  (Arith.),  those  whose  powers  terminate  in 
  the  same  digits  as  the  roots  themselves;  as  5  and  6,  whose 
  squares  are  25  and  36.  --Bailey.  --Barlow. 
  {Circular  points  at  infinity}  (Geom.),  two  imaginary  points 
  at  infinite  distance  through  which  every  circle  in  the 
  plane  is  in  the  theory  of  curves,  imagined  to  pass. 
  {Circular  polarization}.  (Min.)  See  under  {Polarization}. 
  {Circular  or  Globular}  {sailing}  (Naut.),  the  method  of 
  sailing  by  the  arc  of  a  great  circle. 
  {Circular  saw}.  See  under  {Saw}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  traveling  by  boat  or  ship  [syn:  {at  sea(p)}] 
  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}, 

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