So my question is basically about whether I can say "sail" when talking about ships that don't have a sail?

The military vessel sailed 1 hour ago

Is it correct to apply this word in such context?

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    Yes, the verb to sail can be used, by extension, to refer to the movement of engine-propelled ships. Commented Jun 29, 2021 at 16:49
  • @KateBunting thank you for the answer! By the way, why did you say "by extension"? What did you mean?
    – Coder4Fun
    Commented Jun 29, 2021 at 16:51
  • @KateBunting and you can write your comment as an answer so that I can choose it as the solution
    – Coder4Fun
    Commented Jun 29, 2021 at 16:54

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The verb to sail, by extension of its original meaning referring to the movement of or travelling in a sailing vessel, can be used of an engine-propelled ship.

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