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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Tours will be offered of the former naval base and a Navy band ensemble will perform in concert at the Presbyterian Church. Joanne Bierly,, "Port Deposit: Legion Post 194 to host Flag Day program," 14 June 2019 The blasts occurred 24 nautical miles from the nearest IRGC naval base, one U.S. official said. Erin Cunnigham, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran calls claims it attacked oil tankers ‘economic terrorism’ by US," 14 June 2019 Operation Earnest Will became the largest U.S. naval convoy operation since the Second World War. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "A Tanker War in the Middle East—Again?," 14 June 2019 That culminated in Operation Praying Mantis: a major air and naval attack on Iranian ships and platforms in 1988. The Economist, "Iran is blowing up ships in the Gulf, says America," 14 June 2019 Iran can use its naval, air or missile forces to attack ships anywhere in the Gulf, or use proxies to do so, said Cordesman. Weizhen Tan, USA TODAY, "‘Sporadic’ attacks from Iran could spike oil prices, says US think tank," 13 June 2019 The head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps naval arm warned on April 22 that Iran would close the Strait of Hormuz if denied its use due to sanctions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Two Oil Tankers Attacked in the Middle East, U.S. Destroyer Rescues Crew," 13 June 2019 The British Empire was still a thing when this brilliant naval commander became consort to the most powerful monarch in the world. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "At 98, Prince Philip Is the Last of the Old-School Royals," 10 June 2019 Mines, to take one striking example, are a potent naval weapon and ubiquitous among our potential enemies. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 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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