Webster 1913 Edition



[ OF.
, fr. L.
ship. See
of a church.]
A fleet of ships; an assemblage of merchantmen, or so many as sail in company.
“The navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir.”
1 kings x. 11.
The whole of the war vessels belonging to a nation or ruler, considered collectively;
as, the
of Italy
The officers and men attached to the war vessels of a nation;
as, he belongs to the
Navy bean
Navy yard
a place set apart as a shore station for the use of the navy. It often contains all the mechanical and other appliences for building and equipping war vessels and training their crews.

Webster 1828 Edition



[Gr. From to swim. To swim then is to move up and down.]
A fleet of ships; an assemblage of merchantmen, or so many as sail in company.
The navy of Hiram brought gold from Ophir. 1 Kings 10.
The whole of the ships of war belonging to a nation or king. The navy of Great Britain is the defense of the kingdom and its commerce. This is the usual acceptation of the word.

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Proper noun

Navy m

  1. Navy



See also: Navy



navy (plural navies)

  1. A country's entire sea force, including ships and personnel.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 10, in The Celebrity:
      The skipper Mr. Cooke had hired at Far Harbor was a God-fearing man with a luke warm interest in his new billet and employer, and had only been prevailed upon to take charge of the yacht after the offer of an emolument equal to half a year's sea pay of an ensign in the navy.
  2. A governmental department in charge of a country's sea force.
  3. A dark blue colour, usually called navy blue.
    navy colour:    



navy (comparative more navy, superlative most navy)

  1. Having the dark blue colour of navy blue.
    • 2006, Samantha Hunt, The Seas: A Novel, page 57:
      The cover is as navy as a bruise.
    • 2006, Carol Marinelli, Taken for His Pleasure, page 26:
      The morning shadow on his chin was almost as navy as his heavy-lidded eyes, his cheekbones exquisitely sculptured in his haughty face.
  2. Belonging to the navy; typical of the navy.
    • 1943, Fletcher Pratt, The Navy has wings, page 167:
      [...] there are chess ships and checker ships and those where acey-deucey is almost the only game, the sailors' own improved version of backgammon. Fliers from the seacoast of Iowa, anxious to be as navy as the rest, are usually the first to pick it up.
    • 1993, Robert A. Frezza, McLendon's Syndrome, page 299:
      Lieutenant Lindquist is navy through and through. I know she doesn't want to get out. Now, I know there's no way you can assign her to a navy ship, but there has to be something the navy can give her to keep her in space.
    • 1994, Harry Carey, Company of heroes: my life as an actor in the John Ford stock company, page 76:
      It was not what you would picture as a typical meeting with a naval officer. In fact, it was about as navy as an Abbott and Costello movie.
    • 2003, Jedwin Smith, Fatal treasure: greed and death, emeralds and gold, page 88:
      He was navy through and through; no-nonsense, humorless, and all spit and polish—every hair in its place, every thought gleaned from the manual compiled by brilliant sea dogs of long ago.
    • 2003, Edwin Palmer Hoyt, Thomas H Moorer, The Men of the Gambier Bay: The Amazing True Story, page 21:
      Goodwin was navy through and through.


  • 2001, Lynda Barry, Cruddy, page 21:
    Possibly she was more Navy than I was.
  • 2004, James L. Nelson, Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy, page 100:
    One glance told him Fairfax was old navy, through and through.
  • 2008, Don Pendleton, The Killing Rule, page 201:
    The skipper was Russian navy through and through. He considered this his duty, and he was prepared to die doing it.


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navy m (uncountable)

  1. navy (marine forces)