Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

nautical

play
adjective nau·ti·cal \ˈnȯ-ti-kəl, ˈnä-\

Simple Definition of nautical

  • : relating to ships and sailing

Full Definition of nautical

  1. :  of, relating to, or associated with seamen, navigation, or ships

nau·ti·cal·ly play \-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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up nautical? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 14, 2016

to hug and kiss another person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

2.2 pounds 16.96 pounds 100 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ