nau·​ti·​cal | \ ˈnȯ-ti-kəl How to pronounce nautical (audio) , ˈnä- \

Definition of nautical

: of, relating to, or associated with seamen, navigation, or ships a dictionary of nautical terms nautical flags nautical skills

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nautically \ ˈnȯ-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nautical (audio) , ˈnä-​ \ adverb

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a dictionary of nautical terms collected sextants and other antique nautical equipment
Recent Examples on the Web The Second Thomas Shoal, 105 nautical miles off Palawan, is within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone and a small contingent of military have occupied it since 1999 having intentionally grounded a navy ship on the reef. NBC News, 18 Nov. 2021 At the time, the oil slick was reportedly about 3 nautical miles long and heading east towards Huntington Beach. Liz Allen, Forbes, 7 Nov. 2021 The area is about 80 nautical miles east of Portland in the Gulf of Maine., 8 Nov. 2021 Every year myriad cruise ships pass by Hobart Bay, a sheltered cove in southeast Alaska that's roughly 60 nautical miles from Juneau—but very few make a stop there. Bailey Berg, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Oct. 2021 Take your pick of everything from nautical knits and cozy two-piece sets to the perfect pair of jeans—denim pants and shorts included. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 3 Aug. 2021 Roughly six nautical miles away, L.A. County Fire Department ocean lifeguard Capt. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 The incursions did not violate Taiwan's airspace, which extends 12 nautical miles from the coast, but signaled a clear message about Beijing's intent. Oren Liebermann, CNN, 26 Oct. 2021 The containers were about 27 nautical miles off the west coast of Vancouver Island on Sunday. Jim Morris,, 24 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of nautical

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nautical

Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos, from nautēs sailor, from naus ship — more at nave

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The first known use of nautical was in 1552

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25 Nov 2021

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“Nautical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nautical

: relating to ships and sailing


nau·​ti·​cal | \ ˈnȯ-ti-kəl How to pronounce nautical (audio) \

Kids Definition of nautical

: of or relating to sailors, navigation, or ships

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