navy

A navy is a military force made up of boats and ships that are equipped for defense and fighting. If you always get seasick, you might think about joining an army instead of a navy.

During a war, a country's navy does the important job of protecting its shores, as well as attacking the enemy's coasts. A navy is made up of battleships, submarines, and smaller vessels, as well as planes that can land on aircraft carriers or on water. The color that's also called navy, a dark blue, was the original color of the British navy. The Latin root of navy is navis, "ship."

Primary Meanings of navy

1.
n
an organization of military vessels belonging to a country and available for sea warfare
2.
n
a dark shade of blue
Full Definitions of navy
1

n an organization of military vessels belonging to a country and available for sea warfare

Synonyms:
naval forces
Type of:
armed service, military service, service
a force that is a branch of the armed forces
2

n a dark shade of blue

Synonyms:
dark blue, navy blue
Type of:
blue, blueness
blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime

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