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navy

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Pronunciation: /ˈneɪvi
 
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Definition of navy in English:

noun (plural navies)

1 (often the navy) The branch of the armed services of a state which conducts military operations at sea: she joined the navy in 1990
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  • There were also brochures from the different sections of the military: the navy, army, marines, etc.
  • This problem extends into all branches of the Canadian Armed Forces: the navy, the air force and army.
  • Hundreds of the missiles are slated to be produced for the navy - the only branch of the military which has until now shown interest in purchasing the new weapons system.
1.1The ships of a navy: we built their navy
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  • In the Second World War carriers replaced battleships as the capital ships of modern navies because aircraft could perform the functions of naval guns more effectively.
  • It gives the audience a gritty, detailed, and carefully researched view of daily life and deadly combat aboard a ship of Nelson's navy.
  • No ship in Victoria's navy was as well supplied with wine, pickles, and preserves as Challenger.
1.2 literary A fleet of ships.
2 (also navy blue) [mass noun] A dark blue colour: [as modifier]: a navy-blue suit
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  • The girls are all demurely dressed in pleated navy blue skirts with pale blue and white sailor tops.
  • I put my face gently against his chest and wept openly onto his dark navy blue shirt.
  • He was wearing dark riding breeches, which were either a very dark navy blue, or black.
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Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'ships collectively, fleet'): from Old French navie 'ship, fleet', from popular Latin navia 'ship', from Latin navis 'ship'.

Words that rhyme with navy

cavy, Davy, Devi, gravy, slavey, venae cavae, wavy

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