na·​val | \ ˈnā-vəl How to pronounce naval (audio) \

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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In 2016, Cambodia hosted its first major naval and ground joint exercises with Chinese forces. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 13 Jan. 2019 Adak, which sits at the end of the Aleutian Islands near Russia, once served as a U.S. naval facility and still has a functioning airstrip used for commercial flights. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Cold War Games: U.S. Is Preparing to Test the Waters in Icy Arctic," 11 Jan. 2019 In the event of war, the Navy would have sent several carrier battle groups into the Norwegian Sea to attack Soviet naval facilities in the Murmansk region. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Carriers Are Operating in the Arctic Circle for the First Time in Decades," 22 Oct. 2018 Kim’s district includes Treasure Island, a former naval facility where Tetra Tech also was contracted to do cleanup work. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "In Hunters Point Shipyard cleanup scandal, supes push for redoing botched test," 14 May 2018 In addition, the zones would be established around Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Indian Head naval facility. Ian Duncan,, "Maryland nominates 149 'Opportunity Zones' to get special investment tax treatment under new federal law," 20 Apr. 2018 In January, Russia sent four more S-400 systems to Syria, installing them at its Hmeimeem air base and the naval facility at Tartus on the Mediterranean. Henry Meyer,, "Russia, U.S. Near Brink in a Syrian Standoff With Nuclear Risks," 13 Apr. 2018 Russia has stepped up security at the air base and at a naval facility at Tartus on the Mediterranean coast after both came under a drone attack in early January. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "Russian Military Transport Plane Crashes in Syria, Killing 39," 6 Mar. 2018 One is Foal Eagle that each year for four decades has simulated a conventional ground conflict with air and naval participation. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump Gets Exercised Over Exercises," 6 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce naval (audio) \

Kids Definition of naval

: of or relating to a navy or warships naval vessels

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