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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to a navy.
  • adjective Having a navy.
  • adjective Obsolete Of or relating to ships or shipping.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having to do with shipping; of or pertaining to ships or a navy; consisting of ships
  • adjective a body of seamen or marines organized for military service on land.
  • adjective A high officer in some United States customhouses.
  • adjective the science of managing or maneuvering vessels sailing in squadrons or fleets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to a navy.

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

  • adjective connected with or belonging to or used in a navy

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin nāvālis, from nāvis, ship; see nāu- in Indo-European roots.]

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