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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The fort, established in 1917 to protect New York Harbor from naval attacks, was armed, locked and loaded through both world wars and most of the Cold War. New York Times, "Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in NYC This Weekend," 5 July 2018 The warships will be built in Australia, which prompted British unions to complain about a lack of government investment in Britain’s naval shipyards. The Economist, "Business this week," 5 July 2018 Iron Islands: Home to a naval fleet of warriors led by House Greyjoy, who son Theon was a ward of the Starks and has been through some rough times since then. John Carucci, The Seattle Times, "It’s not too late to dive into ‘Game of Thrones,’ with help," 13 Apr. 2019 In a scenario involving China, Assault Breaker II would be used to target enemy air bases, naval bases, and even ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Reviving Cold War “Assault Breaker” Concept to Thwart China, Russia," 4 Mar. 2019 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

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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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