Definition of naval
1 obsolete : of or relating to ships or shipping
2a : of or relating to a navyb : consisting of or involving warships
Recent Examples of naval from the Web
The base will mostly be a logistics hub for a naval squadron China has long sailed in these waters, escorting commercial vessels.
The naval activity in the Baltic comes months after NATO established new brigades in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, beefed up by prepositioned American tanks and heavy armored vehicles.
Meanwhile, the Navy views the Ford and its class of carriers as allowing the future of naval aviation.
Dunkirk, a World War II film chock-full of aerial battle sequences and daring naval rescues, is much better suited.
The first, a metallic wrap dress with black belt, boasted a thigh-high slit in the front and a naval-grazing plunging neckline.
Enraged by colonial oppression in Cuba and blaming Spain for the mysterious explosion of a U.S. naval ship in Havana Harbor, the United States went to war.
Even though the military was responsible for the contamination from the former naval air stations, by law it isn’t obligated to eliminate the chemicals from the drinking water.
The Senate Armed Services Committee approved a major change in U.S. policy toward Taiwan as part of an annual defense-policy measure, voting to allow regular stops by U.S. naval vessels in a move that is likely to anger China.
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Origin and Etymology of naval
Middle English, from Latin navalis, from navis ship
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of naval for English Language Learners
: of or relating to a country's navy
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Definition of naval for Students
: of or relating to a navy or warships naval vessels
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