adjective nau·ti·cal \ˈn-ti-kəl, ˈnä-\

: relating to ships and sailing

Full Definition of NAUTICAL

:  of, relating to, or associated with seamen, navigation, or ships
nau·ti·cal·ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of NAUTICAL

  1. a dictionary of nautical terms
  2. <collected sextants and other antique nautical equipment>

Origin of NAUTICAL

Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos, from nautēs sailor, from naus ship — more at nave
First Known Use: 1552

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay
NAUTICALLY Defined for Kids


adjective nau·ti·cal \ˈn-ti-kəl\

Definition of NAUTICAL for Kids

:  of or relating to sailors, navigation, or ships


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