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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to ships or shipping. See Synonyms at nautical.
  • adj. Of or relating to a navy.
  • adj. Having a navy: a great naval power.

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  • adj. Of or relating to a navy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having to do with shipping; of or pertaining to ships or a navy; consisting of ships

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a ship or ships, their construction, equipment, management, or use; specifically, of or pertaining to a navy: as, naval architecture; a naval victory; a naval force; a naval station or hospital; naval stores.
  • Possessing a navy: as, a naval power.
  • In the United States, an officer of the Treasury Department who, at the larger maritime ports, is associated with the collector of customs. He assists in estimating duties, countersigns all permits, clearances, certificates, etc., issued by the collector, and examines and certifies his accounts. In the American colonies before the Revolution the naval officer was the administrator of the Navigation Act.
  • Synonyms Marine, Nautical, etc. See maritime.
  • Naval affairs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. connected with or belonging to or used in a navy

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin nāvālis, from nāvis, ship; see nāu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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