What does navy mean?

Definitions for navyˈneɪ vi

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word navy.

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


  1. Navy(n.)

    same as navy blue.

  2. Navy(a.)

    Having a color of navy blue.


  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

  4. Origin: [ OF. navie, fr. L. navis ship. See Nave of a church.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Navy

    nā′vi, n. a fleet of ships: the whole of the ships-of-war of a nation: the officers and men belonging to the warships of a nation.—ns. Nā′vy-list, a list of the officers and ships of a navy, published from time to time; Nā′vy-yard, a government dockyard. [O. Fr. navie—L. navis, a ship.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of navy in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of navy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dejan Stojanovic:

    The world is a navy in an empty ocean.

  2. Max Weinreich:

    A language is a dialect with an army and a navy.

  3. Steve Jobs:

    It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.

  4. John McCain:

    CVN 79 is now $520 million over the Navy’s estimate.

  5. Mike Manazir:

    The joint fight is a greater stretcher than just the Navy fight.

Images & Illustrations of navy

  1. navynavynavy

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