Definitions for navyˈneɪ vi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

na•vyˈneɪ vi(n.)(pl.)-vies.

  1. the warships and auxiliaries belonging to a country or ruler.

    Category: Military

  2. (often cap.) the complete body of such warships, together with the personnel, equipment, etc., constituting the sea power of a nation.

    Category: Military

  3. (often cap.) the department of government charged with its management.

  4. Ref: navy blue.

  5. Archaic. a fleet of ships.

Origin of navy:

1300–50; ME navie < MF 蠐 L nāv(is) ship

Princeton's WordNet

  1. navy, naval forces(noun)

    an organization of military vessels belonging to a country and available for sea warfare

  2. dark blue, navy, navy blue(noun)

    a dark shade of blue

  3. United States Navy, US Navy, USN, Navy(noun)

    the navy of the United States of America; the agency that maintains and trains and equips combat-ready naval forces

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. navy(noun)ˈneɪ vi

    the part of a military that works off of ships

    a soldier in the navy

  2. navyˈneɪ vi

    a very dark blue; = navy blue

    soldiers dressed in navy and gold


  1. navy(Noun)

    A country's entire sea force, including ships and personnel.

  2. navy(Noun)

    A governmental department in charge of a country's sea force.

  3. navy(Adjective)

    Having the dark blue colour of navy blue.

  4. navy(Adjective)

    Belonging to the navy; typical of the navy.

  5. Origin: * From navis via navie, from navis, from nau- (boat), possibly, from நாவாய். Compare Persian ناو

Webster Dictionary

  1. Navy(noun)

    a fleet of ships; an assemblage of merchantmen, or so many as sail in company

  2. Navy(noun)

    the whole of the war vessels belonging to a nation or ruler, considered collectively; as, the navy of Italy

  3. Navy(noun)

    the officers and men attached to the war vessels of a nation; as, he belongs to the navy


  1. Navy

    A navy is a fleet of waterborne military vessels. It is the branch of a nation's armed forces principally designated for naval and amphibious warfare; namely, lake-borne, riverine, littoral, or ocean-borne combat operations and related functions. It includes anything conducted by surface ships, amphibious ships, submarines, and seaborne aviation, as well as ancillary support, communications, training, and other fields; recent developments have included space-related operations. The strategic offensive role of a navy is projection of force into areas beyond a country's shores. The strategic defensive purpose of a navy is to frustrate seaborne projection-of-force by enemies. The strategic task of the navy also may incorporate nuclear deterrence by use of nuclear missiles. Naval operations can be broadly divided between riverine and littoral applications and open-ocean applications, although the distinction is more about strategic scope than tactical or operational division.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'navy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4521

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'navy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4495

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'navy' in Nouns Frequency: #1791

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