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 And remember that dark colors, like a deep nautical blue, are going to fade much quicker than lighter colors. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2022 That’s an old nautical term to measure the depth off a ship’s stern. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 14 May 2022 Other times, cabins are clad in wood, replete with nautical motifs, like a yacht from the 1930s. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 Housed in a former 1954 theater and dance hall, with a barrel-round roof, this museum in Wolfeboro showcases New Hampshire’s rich freshwater boating history, with a variety of boats, motors and nautical items on display. Pamela Wright,, 12 May 2022 The theme is pirate nautical, complete with dripping water sound effects. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 There are also stargazing sessions, private pond ecology lessons, and nautical knot-making workshops. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2022 The French brand was the first to dress sailors in the nautical tops in the 1850s. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 2 May 2022 This nautical one-piece is made of a custom fabric blend of 78% recycled polyamide from post-consumer materials and nylon waste like old fishing nets that clog up our oceans. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Nautical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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: of or relating to sailors, navigation, or ships

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