[ney-vuh l] /ˈneɪ vəl/

of or relating to warships:
a naval battle; naval strength.
of or relating to ships of all kinds:
naval architecture; naval engineer.
belonging to, pertaining to, or connected with a :
naval affairs.
possessing a :
the great naval powers.
of, relating to, characteristic of, or having a navy
of or relating to ships; nautical

early 15c., from Old French naval (14c.) and directly from Latin navalis “pertaining to a ship or ships,” from navis “ship,” from PIE *nau- “boat” (cf. Sanskrit nauh, accusative navam “ship, boat;” Armenian nav “ship;” Greek naus “ship,” nautes “sailor;” Old Irish nau “ship;” Welsh noe “a flat vessel;” Old Norse nor “ship”). An Old English word for “naval” was scipherelic.

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