nau·​ti·​cal | \ ˈnȯ-ti-kəl, 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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Other Words from nautical

nautically \ ˈnȯ-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē , 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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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 Can't Leave Home Without A breezy dress in nautical colors, espadrilles and chic sunnies take you from touring the town to dinner along the water. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "This East Coast Getaway Is the Perfect Alternative to The Hamptons," 26 June 2018 The nautical confrontation comes amid tensions between the world’s two largest economies over trade as well as an on-again-off-again North Korean summit. Laignee Barron, Time, "China Has Dispatched Warships to Challenge U.S. Vessels Sailing Near Disputed Islands," 28 May 2018 The festival offers nautical-themed programming and experiences, including landside views of the ships, tours, and sail-away cruises on the Delaware. Staff Report,, "Tall Ships sail into Philly for five-day festival," 24 May 2018 In the dining room is a metal diving helmet from the early 1900s that he was given by a family friend, and his office is filled with an extensive library of vintage nautical books. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "A Portuguese Family Manor is Transformed Into a Heritage-Rich Island Getaway," 17 Sep. 2018 And although no one has ever seen a Greek trading ship of this age, the design is strikingly familiar to nautical archaeologists and historians. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "This ancient Greek ship is the oldest intact shipwreck ever discovered," 24 Oct. 2018 The dial has orange indices (the hour indicators) with a bezel cut from nautical teak, the wood found on the decks of the finest boats. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "Time and Place: Hublot in Brooklyn," 26 Sep. 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 \

Kids Definition of nautical

: of or relating to sailors, navigation, or ships

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