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nautical

[naw-ti-kuh l, not-i-] /ˈnɔ tɪ kəl, ˈnɒt ɪ-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to sailors, ships, or navigation:
nautical terms.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin nautic(us) pertaining to ships or sailors (< Greek nautikós, equivalent to naû(s) ship + -tikos -tic) + -al1
Related forms
nauticality
[naw-ti-kal-i-tee, not-i-] /ˌnɔ tɪˈkæl ɪ ti, ˌnɒt ɪ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
nautically, adverb
nonnautical, adjective
nonnautically, adverb
unnautical, adjective
Can be confused
naval, nautical.
Synonyms
seagoing, marine, maritime.
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Examples from the web for nautical
  • If you're of a nautical bent, you already know the answer.
  • nautical maps can inspire seaside daydreams as well as provide a wealth of information for safe sailing.
  • Enchanted by a symbol for a whirlpool on a nautical chart, best-selling.
  • He suggested hanging buoys, yacht pennants, and old lighthouse lanterns to telegraph nautical charm.
  • Users of the system no longer rely on traditional paper nautical charts.
  • As nautical traditions go, sock burning is hardly distinguished, nor is it widespread.
  • nautical charts feature information about the sea, such as depth and behavior of the water in particular areas.
  • She was the embodiment of a bygone and more romantic nautical era.
  • Hazard spotting has always been an important component of nautical charting.
  • Three perfectly placed mirrors in this family room create an oceanfront feel few nautical paintings could pull off.
British Dictionary definitions for nautical

nautical

/ˈnɔːtɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or involving ships, navigation, or sailors
Derived Forms
nautically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos, from naus ship
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Word Origin and History for nautical
adj.

1550s, from -al (1) + nautic from Middle French nautique, from Latin nauticus "pertaining to ships or sailors," from Greek nautikos "seafaring, naval," from nautes "sailor," from naus "ship," from PIE *nau- "boat" (see naval).

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