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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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Historical Examples
  • Putting a boat about, as Fanny had turned the Greyhound, is nautically termed gybing her.

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  • It was the battle which has made the name of John Paul Jones nautically immortal.

  • Along the old Portsmouth road were, and are still, any number of nautically named inns.

    The Automobilist Abroad

    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • A knot, nautically speaking, is a "bend" that is more permanent than a "hitch."

    Boat-Building and Boating

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  • This is a pretty, nautically devised and ornamented suit, made of warm materials and those that will stand sea water.

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    Maud C. Cooke
  • He turned into an alley, down which, nautically speaking, he rolled into a shabby little court.

    The Garret and the Garden R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for nautically

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 nautically

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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