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 U.S. military sees China as its peer competitor in conventional military force and Trump’s commitment to build a 350-ship navy, up from 275 today, appears to be a direct response to China’s rapid naval and anti-ship missile-building program.
The homeowners are predominantly retirees from Carswell Air Force Base (now Naval Air Station Fort Worth) and General Dynamics, a portion of which was sold to Lockheed Martin in the early 1990s.
A 13-day standoff ensued as President Kennedy placed a naval blockade around Cuba and threatened to use military force.
The last, in particular, flourished and became a commercial and naval superpower known for its nautical might and liberal attitude toward moneylending.
The bombing of the USS Cole was the first successful terrorist attack on a U.S. naval ship in modern history.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military has dispatched a naval unit in waters off Somalia after pirates reportedly hijacked a South Korean fishing vessel.
The Spanish boat Carlos de Eizaguirre hit a German mine that had been part of a naval blockade near Cape Town on May 26, 1917.
In Russia, turning down vodka borders on rude, particularly if your hosts happen to be Russian naval officers.
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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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