sail vs sale vs sell :

sail or sale or sell

Sail is a piece of fabric attached to a ship and positioned such that it causes the wind to move the boat along briskly on water.

"The sail of is an important piece of the ship.

Sale is an exchange of good and services for cash or fund in an auction to the highest bidder.

"I've put the car up for sale."

Sell means an agreement to transfer goods or provide services in exchange for money. This is usually preceded by haggling on a specific price between the buyer and seller.

"Janet plans to sell the house if she could not get the loan eventually to raise money for her sister's hospital bill."

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  • n  a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
  • n  an ocean trip taken for pleasure
  • n  any structure that resembles a sail
  • v  traverse or travel on (a body of water)
    We sailed the Atlantic
    He sailed the Pacific all alone
  • v  move with sweeping, effortless, gliding motions
    Shreds of paper sailed through the air
  • v  travel on water propelled by wind
    I love sailing, especially on the open sea
    the ship sails on
  • v  travel on water propelled by wind or by other means
    The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow

  • n  a particular instance of selling
    he has just made his first sale
    they had to complete the sale before the banks closed
  • n  the general activity of selling
    they tried to boost sales
    laws limit the sale of handguns
  • n  an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices
    they held a sale to reduce their inventory
    I got some great bargains at their annual sale
  • n  the state of being purchasable; offered or exhibited for selling
    you'll find vitamin C for sale at most pharmacies
    the new line of cars will soon be on sale
  • n  an agreement (or contract) in which property is transferred from the seller (vendor) to the buyer (vendee) for a fixed price in money (paid or agreed to be paid by the buyer)
    the salesman faxed the sales agreement to his home office

  • n  the activity of persuading someone to buy
    it was a hard sell
  • v  exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent
    She sells her body to survive and support her drug habit
  • v  be sold at a certain price or in a certain way
    These books sell like hot cakes
  • v  persuade somebody to accept something
    The French try to sell us their image as great lovers
  • v  do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood
    The brothers sell shoes
  • v  give up for a price or reward
  • v  be approved of or gain acceptance
  • v  be responsible for the sale of
  • v  deliver to an enemy by treachery
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