na·​val | \ ˈnā-vəl \

Definition of naval

1 obsolete : of or relating to ships or shipping
2a : of or relating to a navy
b : consisting of or involving warships

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Earlier this year, ATACs flew in support of the U.S. Navy’s TOPGUN fighter training program and the 2018 Rim of the Pacific naval exercises. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Ex-Military Jet Crashes in Hawaii, Pilot Pulled to Safety," 13 Dec. 2018 Are its real targets cities, naval bases, or carrier groups as shown in the video? David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Behind Russia’s 'Apocalypse Torpedo'," 18 Jan. 2019 Produced by Alec Sirken When a Marine failed to show up for roll call at a naval base in Virginia Beach, friends and co-workers had a sense that something just was not right. CBS News, "Catfishing relationship between strangers leads to the murder of an innocent Marine," 19 June 2018 As many as 200 individuals still face questions and possible charges, and the continuing probe has further reduced the pool of future naval commanders with knowledge of the Pacific region. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Likely U.S. Pacific Commander Has Spent Little Time in Asia," 2 Mar. 2018 Who could forget the conspiracy theories surrounding Taylor Swift’s naval — not to mention the follow-up memes. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Photo of Gigi Hadid's "Missing" Belly Button Is a Total Optical Illusion," 13 Jan. 2019 The naval group, which hasn’t yet arrived, will bring hundreds of Marines as well as helicopters that could aid ground troops in Syria. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S. Moves Some Cargo From Syria but Pace of Withdrawal Still Uncertain," 11 Jan. 2019 The missile’s long range gives Russian planners the ability to launch against coastal targets from as far away as the North Sea, a relatively short journey from Russian naval bases north of the Arctic Circle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Russia Designing Cruise Missiles with 3,000 Mile Range," 8 Jan. 2019 His body was taken to a naval base in central Thailand, and then on to his family in the northeastern part of the country. Shibani Mahtani,, "Cave rescue stalls as death of Thai diver underscores perils," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of naval

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for naval

Middle English, from Latin navalis, from navis ship

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English Language Learners Definition of naval

: of or relating to a country's navy


na·​val | \ ˈnā-vəl \

Kids Definition of naval

: of or relating to a navy or warships naval vessels

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