Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. All of a nation's warships.
  • n. A nation's entire military organization for sea warfare and defense, including vessels, personnel, and shore establishments.
  • n. A group of ships; a fleet.
  • n. Navy blue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A country's entire sea force, including ships and personnel.
  • n. A governmental department in charge of a country's sea force.
  • n. A dark blue colour, usually called navy blue.
  • adj. Having the dark blue colour of navy blue.
  • adj. Belonging to the navy; typical of the navy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fleet of ships; an assemblage of merchantmen, or so many as sail in company.
  • n. The whole of the war vessels belonging to a nation or ruler, considered collectively.
  • n. The officers and men attached to the war vessels of a nation.
  • n. same as navy blue.
  • adj. Having a color of navy blue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ship.
  • n. A company of ships; a fleet.
  • n. All the ships belonging to a country, collectively; in a wide sense, the ships, their officers and crew and equipment, and the department of the government charged with their management and control.
  • n. The men who man a navy or fleet; the officers and men of the military marine.
  • n. An obsolete form of navvy.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dark shade of blue
  • n. an organization of military vessels belonging to a country and available for sea warfare
  • n. the navy of the United States of America; the agency that maintains and trains and equips combat-ready naval forces

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French navie, from Latin nāvigia, pl. of nāvigium, ship, from nāvigāre, to sail; see navigate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Right now our navy is the smallest it has been since the beginning of World War 1.

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  • But she is clearly bitter about what she calls the navy's "" betrayal. ''

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  • A predecessor of mine in the office of Chief Justice, the late John R. Cartwright, was fond of saying that the Supreme Court like the navy is a silent service.

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  • That is exactly what the men in navy services have always done, and what they did before the war, when those songs were written; what the navy is always doing more than anybody else, because nobody can say that any human being is really at home on the sea.

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  • I am not a naval man, but these are not questions for Canada to blink; they should be faced, and they point to this, that for the security of the territorial waters of Canada, a Canadian navy is required, that is, a navy whose primary duty is to defend her waters, although if circumstances permit, it can be employed on any sea for the maintenance of the Empire.

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  • Two men climbed out, both wearing the company coveralls in navy blue — third shift navy blue.

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