Definition of navy
1 : a group of ships : fleet
2 : a nation's ships of war and of logistic support
3 often capitalized : the complete naval establishment of a nation including yards, stations, ships, and personnel
4 : a dark grayish purplish blue
Examples of navy in a Sentence
A similar submarine is used by several foreign navies.
a career in the navy
The shirt comes in black, white, and navy.
Recent Examples of navy from the Web
Ames once housed the navy airship USS Macon, which spanned about 784 feet and was among the largest aircraft of its time in the 1930s.
On Thursday, the Pentagon sent aircraft carriers the USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan to the Sea of Japan for a three-day drill alongside Tokyo's navy and air force.
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 US had heavy investments in Mexico, a country with vast oil resources at a time when the navies of the world were converting from coal to oil.
Around 4,000 U.S. and European troops from 14 nations took part in the annual Baltic Operations navy exercise that opened Thursday in Poland’s Baltic Sea port of Szczecin.
Some 4,000 U.S. and European troops are taking part in the annual Baltic Operations navy exercise on the Baltic Sea, designed to enhance their joint response capabilities at a time when the region feels threatened by Russia’s activities.
The two supermodels sported the same statement collar necklace during the film festival and amFAR Gala in the French Riviera -- Jasmine paired it with a navy bustier-style dress and Natasha with a romantic nude gown.
Barack opted for a slim navy chino, an understated belt, and (what appears to be, cannot confirm) a linen shirt.
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Origin and Etymology of navy
Middle English navie, from Anglo-French, from Latin navigia ships, from navigare
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
NAVY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of navy for English Language Learners
: the part of a country's military forces that fights at sea using ships, submarines, airplanes, etc.
NAVY Defined for Kids
Definition of navy for Students
1 : the complete military organization of a nation for warfare at sea
2 : a dark blue
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