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 nautical (audio) , ˈnä-​ \ adverb

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a dictionary of nautical terms collected sextants and other antique nautical equipment
Recent Examples on the Web New satellite images show USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier approaching Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea at a distance of 24 nautical miles before turning back on January 25. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. and China Are Annoying Each Other With a Ton of Warplanes," 27 Jan. 2021 Coast Guard and Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office boats and helicopters searched for eight hours and across 114 nautical miles of water before ending the effort, the Coast Guard said. Katelyn Umholtz,, "Search called off for barge worker who fell into Mississippi River," 27 Jan. 2021 Its nautical graveyard, including a sunken yellow submarine, lures urban explorers as well. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, "A Coney Island Baptism Spot Might Be Declared a Superfund Site," 4 Jan. 2021 Neither proved necessary, because the brilliant nautical engineer Capt. Richard Campanella,, "acquisition of 1,100 acres," 1 Jan. 2021 This new special unveils the nautical design, details and features in the network’s Newport, R.I., dream home that reflects the creative vision of designers and hosts Brian Patrick Flynn and Tiffany Brooks. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Doctor Who’; ‘HGTV Dream Home 2021'," 31 Dec. 2020 Fishing, nautical sports, and boats carrying more than 200 passengers are forbidden in large parts of the park, while some areas are banned from any human activity at all, except scientific research. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, "Destinations on the rise for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 Over on the beach beach, there are brand empires that started out as the kind of small, character-rich retreats that Pirates Cove still is, with its encrustations of nautical bric-a-brac, customer graffiti and souvenirs of bygone eras. al, "Hit by Hurricane Sally, Pirates Cove is almost ready for the riff raff," 19 Nov. 2020 The patio is decidedly nautical, with stripes of blue and white. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Surprise! Lobster roll shop opened in Highland Park on Election Night," 4 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of nautical was in 1552

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22 Feb 2021

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“Nautical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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