nau·​ti·​cal | \ ˈnȯ-ti-kəl How to pronounce nautical (audio) , ˈnä-\

Definition of nautical

: of, relating to, or associated with seamen, navigation, or ships a dictionary of nautical terms nautical flags nautical skills

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nautically \ ˈnȯ-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nautically (audio) , ˈnä-​ \ adverb

Synonyms for nautical


marine, maritime, navigational

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a dictionary of nautical terms collected sextants and other antique nautical equipment

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With a brighter, cleaner foundation, Leanne gave the room two other layers of personality: First, a nod to the past, with a few nautical elements. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford Has The Most Ingenious Tricks for Modernizing a Dated Home," 27 Mar. 2019 The captain failed to remove the ship’s voyage data recorder, so the report was cobbled together from interviews, logs and nautical charts. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Truth About Failing Spectacularly," 16 Feb. 2019 Though employing less-nautical metaphors, the novel’s tongue-in-cheek title and comic-book dust jacket also give fair warning of Mr. Charyn’s intent. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King’ Review: A Rough Road to Power," 25 Jan. 2019 With foresight, owner Jose Mallea turned a warehouse in Doral into large-scale, brewery with a nautical-themed tasting room. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "They spent $300K to renovate a historic building. Now they're out and a brewery is in. | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 From Kimye's nautical look to Heidi Klum and Seal's futuristic robots, here are the very best in celebrity couples Halloween costumes. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "The Best Celebrity Couples Halloween Costumes Ever," 21 Sep. 2018 Cape Cod’s consignment shops run the gamut from clothing and accessories (both designer and vintage) to children’s togs and equipment to home décor with a nautical flair. Ellen Albanese,, "Where to shop for bargains on Cape Cod," 6 June 2018 For the uninitiated, Swift fans are convinced her next album is either nautical-themed or about mermaids, so this dress...amplified that theory. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Taylor Swift's Surprise Night Out at the 2019 Golden Globes: Everything We Know," 7 Jan. 2019 As befits a story about seafaring and the dank nether reaches of the mind, nautical images slosh throughout. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Dark Water’ Review: Unfathomable Depths," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of nautical

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nautical

Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos, from nautēs sailor, from naus ship — more at nave

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English Language Learners Definition of nautical

: relating to ships and sailing


nau·​ti·​cal | \ ˈnȯ-ti-kəl How to pronounce nautical (audio) \

Kids Definition of nautical

: of or relating to sailors, navigation, or ships

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