noun, plural na·vies.
- navratilova, martina,
- navstar global positioning system,
- navy bean,
- navy blue,
- navy cross,
- navy cut,
- navy gray
Origin of navy
Examples from the Web for navies
When two navies came together, it was a collision, followed by boarding and a desperate, bloody fight at close quarters.
We are not dealing with nation states competing with each other in a fairly orderly way with armies, navies and air forces.
Let us compare England with nations which have no navies, or comparatively inconsiderable navies.
The disparity between the American and British navies was certainly disheartening.Famous Men and Great Events of the Nineteenth Century|Charles Morris
Here the navies of all the nations could ride at anchor side by side in safety.Great Cities of the United States|Gertrude Van Duyn Southworth
He thought out a combination submarine and airship which would put the navies of the world at the mercy of his country.Skippy Bedelle|Owen Johnson
Sweep away arms and armies, engines of war and navies, in one vast and irresistible wave of Universal Brotherhood.The Secret of the League|Ernest Bramah
noun plural -vies
Word Origin for navy
early 14c., "fleet of ships, especially for purposes of war," from Old French navie "fleet, ship," from Latin navigia, plural of navigium "vessel, boat," from navis "ship" (see naval). Meaning "a nation's collective, organized sea power" is from 1530s. The Old English words were sciphere (usually of Viking invaders) and scipfierd (usually of the home defenses). Navy blue was the color of the British naval uniform. Navy bean attested from 1856, so called because they were grown to be used by the Navy.