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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Recent Examples on the Web Whitsun Reef is part of an atoll known as Union Banks, about 175 nautical miles from Palawan, a Philippine island. New York Times, "With Swarms of Ships, Beijing Tightens Its Grip on South China Sea," 3 Apr. 2021 The races all took places in New Zealand’s scenic Bay of Islands, with courses ranging from nine to 12 nautical miles. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, "New Zealand’s Millennium Cup Regatta Was Halted, So Race Crews Swam With the Dolphins Instead," 1 Apr. 2021 This high-end hotel features 223 guest rooms and suites each appointed with a nautical theme to incorporate the naval history of the city's pier. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Chicago's Navy Pier Is Getting Its First Hotel This Week," 16 Mar. 2021 Trails in the county's new system — dubbed the Split Rock Wilds Mountain Bike Trails — will follow the nautical theme with names based on shipwrecks and lighthouse keepers. Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, "Split Rock Lighthouse getting new 'drive-in' campground as area gets new mountain bike trails," 8 Mar. 2021 The chapel still boasts a nautical theme: A small wooden ship hangs from the sanctuary ceiling; a painting depicts crashing waves. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "A Norwegian church in San Pedro honors a saint who brings light to darkness. Fitting in a pandemic," 13 Dec. 2020 Owners polished some of the grit from the earlier incarnation, while keeping the dive bar’s nautical theme. Christina Tkacik,, "Baltimore’s Atlas Restaurant Group to take over Admiral’s Cup in Fells Point," 14 Oct. 2020 Earlier this month, Brittany, 33, also gave a peek into her son's room, which boasts a nautical theme. Jen Juneau,, "Brittany Aldean Shows Off Daughter Navy's Nursery in New Home — Complete with a Castle," 19 Aug. 2020 The park covers 70 nautical square miles and, opening in 1963, was the first underwater park in the United States. Cassie Armstrong,, "We’ve got a beach for that," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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“Nautical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 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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