the whole body of warships and auxiliaries belonging to a country or ruler.
(often initial capital letter) the complete body of such warships together with their officers and enlisted personnel, equipment, yards, etc., constituting the sea power of a nation.
(often initial capital letter) the department of government charged with its management.
Archaic. a fleet of ships.
- pro·na·vy, adjective
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How to use navy in a sentence
By exploring the possibility of a semi-autonomous scout, fire-support, and anti-submarine drone, navies could expand the capacity of existing ships to find and fight enemies.This heavy-lift drone could quietly carry a sub-hunting torpedo | Kelsey D. Atherton | September 22, 2021 | Popular-Science
There, we sat overlooking the navy water, until my sons ran down to dip their toes in, back and forth along the shore like puppies.In Massachusetts, a seacoast city that feels like home | Hannah Selinger | August 26, 2021 | Washington Post
He allocated generous government funding for the Beiyang Fleet, China’s first modern navy.China’s path to modernization has, for centuries, gone through my hometown | Yangyang Cheng | June 30, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
As Philip served in the British navy during the war, he and Elizabeth corresponded and met several times.Prince Philip, royal consort to Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99 | Adrian Higgins | April 9, 2021 | Washington Post
VARD Marine, which makes everything from ferries to navy ships, will work on designing the ship’s architecture, including its hull, mechanical, and electrical systems.DARPA wants designs for robotic warships that won’t need a crew | Kelsey D. Atherton | March 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
“The U.S. navy will attain IOC [initial operational capability] in 2018 with 3F software,” DellaVedova wrote.
He was a great lover of the navy, and he liked me because of it.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
My father was in an intelligence unit for the U.S. navy, as he had been in World War II.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The navy and Marine Corps versions of the F-35 have differing configurations and rely on an external gun pod.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019 | Dave Majumdar | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Within hours, the Indonesian navy said dozens of bodies were being seen.
We show the navy all our important operations cables; they have their own ways of doing things and don't open out so freely.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
This Committee shall be divided into three sections, viz.:—Of diplomacy; of the navy; and of the army.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Thomas Harvey, a distinguished officer in the British navy, died at Bermuda, aged 65.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Her total Naval complement is 2200 officers and enlisted men of the regular navy.
He was promoted up the ladder of success steadily, and in 1910 he received his commission as a Commander in the navy.
British Dictionary definitions for navy
the warships and auxiliary vessels of a nation or ruler
the navy (often capital) the branch of a country's armed services comprising such ships, their crews, and all their supporting services and equipment
short for navy blue
archaic, or literary a fleet of ships
(as modifier): a navy custom
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