adj. of or concerning sailors or navigation; naval; maritime.
Phrases and idioms:
nautical almanac a yearbook containing astronomical and tidal information for navigators etc. nautical mile a unit of approx. 2,025 yards (1,852 metres): also called sea mile.
nautically adv.
Etymology: F nautique or f. L nauticus f. Gk nautikos f. nautes sailor f. naus ship

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  • nautical — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of or concerning sailors or navigation; maritime. DERIVATIVES nautically adverb. ORIGIN Greek nautikos, from naut s sailor …   English terms dictionary

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