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full sail

noun
1.
all the sails of a vessel:
All three ships had full sail set.
adverb
2.
with all sails set:
The ship was moving ahead full sail.
3.
rapidly; forcefully:
He proceeded full sail despite our objections.
Origin of full sail
1585-1595
1585-95
Related forms
full-sailed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for full sail
Historical Examples
  • I shall never forget our meeting a ship in full sail one glorious moonlight night.

  • This appears to be an enormous ship in full sail upon the sea.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • It was a man-of-war in full sail, looming up like a mountain.

    Within the Capes Howard Pyle
  • After this he set aside the donkey and cart in favour of the ship in full sail.

    Tommy Tregennis Mary Elizabeth Phillips
  • "We'll be there soon after sunset," said the grizzled helmsman, Jean Touzel, as he glanced from the full sail to the setting sun.

  • From one of these they perceived seven vessels in full sail bearing to the fleet.

    The Lusiad Lus de Cames
  • So living, we may hope to have an abundant entrance, and to enter harbour in full sail, whenever we change earth for heaven.

    Practical Religion John Charles Ryle
  • It was a representation of a clipper in full sail on a raw green sea.

    The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton
  • It looks like a ship in full sail, and abounds with turtle, fish, and sea-elephants.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' Annie Allnut Brassey
  • Another salt was fashioned of silver, in form of a swan in full sail.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for full sail

full sail

adverb
1.
at top speed
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
2.
with all sails set
Derived Forms
full-sailed, adjective
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