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naval

[ney-vuh l] /ˈneɪ vəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to warships:
a naval battle; naval strength.
2.
of or relating to ships of all kinds:
naval architecture; naval engineer.
3.
belonging to, pertaining to, or connected with a navy:
naval affairs.
4.
possessing a navy:
the great naval powers.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Latin nāvālis, equivalent to nāv(is) ship + -ālis -al1
Related forms
navally, adverb
nonnaval, adjective
prenaval, adjective
pronaval, adjective
Can be confused
knave, naval, nave (see synonym study at knave)
naval, navel.
naval, nautical.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre naval

naval

/ˈneɪvəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, characteristic of, or having a navy
2.
of or relating to ships; nautical
Word Origin
C16: from Latin nāvālis, from nāvis ship; related to Greek naus, Old Norse nōr ship, Sanskrit nau
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Word Origin and History for pre naval

naval

adj.

early 15c., from Old French naval (14c.) and directly from Latin navalis "pertaining to a ship or ships," from navis "ship," from PIE *nau- "boat" (cf. Sanskrit nauh, accusative navam "ship, boat;" Armenian nav "ship;" Greek naus "ship," nautes "sailor;" Old Irish nau "ship;" Welsh noe "a flat vessel;" Old Norse nor "ship"). An Old English word for "naval" was scipherelic.

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