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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 of nautical
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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  • "Ten minutes more and it is too late," said the nautical passenger.

  • After this piece of nautical gallantry, the glass began to circulate.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • And, as usual, his nautical friend to interrupt and comment.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Sears was excited now, and, as usual when excited, drifted into nautical phraseology.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • In the evening we had our second nautical entertainment in honour of the day.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • On the whole river there was nothing that looked half so nautical.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • Beyond the fact that these were of nautical appearance, there was no distinctive dress.

  • This is what we nautical Men shout to one another as we pass in our Ships.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald Edward FitzGerald
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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