Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Nautically adverb In a nautical manner; with reference to nautical affairs.
Nautiform adjective [ Greek nay^s ship + -form .] Shaped like the hull of a ship.
Nautilite noun (paleon.) A fossil nautilus.
Nautiloid adjective [ Nautilus + -oid : confer French nautiloïde .] (Zoology) Like or pertaining to the nautilus; shaped like a nautilus shell. -- noun A mollusk, or shell, of the genus Nautilus or family Nautilidæ .
, Latin Nautili
. [ Latin , from Greek nayti`los
a seaman, sailor, a kind of shellfish which was supposed to be furnished with a membrane which served as a sail; from nay^s
ship. See Nave
of a church.] 1. (Zoology) The only existing genus of tetrabranchiate cephalopods. About four species are found living in the tropical Pacific, but many other species are found fossil. The shell is spiral, symmetrical, and chambered, or divided into several cavities by simple curved partitions, which are traversed and connected together by a continuous and nearly central tube or siphuncle. See Tetrabranchiata .
» The head of the animal bears numerous simple tapered arms, or tentacles, arranged in groups, but not furnished with suckers. The siphon, unlike, that of ordinary cephalopods, is not a closed tube, and is not used as a locomotive organ, but merely serves to conduct water to and from the gill cavity, which contains two pairs of gills. The animal occupies only the outer chamber of the shell; the others are filled with gas. It creeps over the bottom of the sea, not coming to the surface to swim or sail, as was formerly imagined. 2. The argonaut; -- also called paper nautilus . See Argonauta , and Paper nautilus , under Paper . 3. A variety of diving bell, the lateral as well as vertical motions of which are controlled, by the occupants.
Navajoes noun plural ; sing. Navajo (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians inhabiting New Mexico and Arizona, allied to the Apaches. They are now largely engaged in agriculture.
[ Latin navalis
, from navis
ship: confer French naval
. See Nave
of a church.] Having to do with shipping; of or pertaining to ships or a navy; consisting of ships; as, naval forces, successes, stores, etc. Naval brigade
, a body of seamen or marines organized for military service on land.
-- Naval officer
. (a) An officer in the navy
. (b) A high officer in some United States customhouses.
-- Naval tactics
, the science of managing or maneuvering vessels sailing in squadrons or fleets. Syn.
-- Nautical; marine; maritime. -- Naval
is applied to vessels, or a navy, or the things which pertain to them or in which they participate; nautical
, to seamen and the art of navigation. Hence we speak of a naval
, as opposed to a military
, engagement; naval
equipments or stores, a naval
triumph, a naval
officer, etc., and of nautical
pursuits or instruction, nautical calculations
, a nautical
Navals noun plural Naval affairs. [ Obsolete]
Navarch noun [ Latin navarchus , Greek nay`archo`s ; nay^s ship + 'archo`s chief.] (Gr. Antiq.) The commander of a fleet. Mitford.
Navarchy noun [ Greek nayarchi`a .] Nautical skill or experience. [ Obsolete] Sir W. Petty.
Navarrese adjective Of or pertaining to Navarre. -- noun sing. & plural A native or inhabitant of Navarre; the people of Navarre.
[ Anglo-Saxon nafu
; akin to Dutch naaf
, German nabe
, Old High German naba
, Icelandic nöf
, Danish nav
, Swedish naf
, Sanskrit nābhi nave and navel: confer Latin umbo
boss of a shield. √260. Confer Navel
.] 1. The block in the center of a wheel, from which the spokes radiate, and through which the axle passes; -- called also hub or hob . 2. The navel.
[ Obsolete] hak.
[ French nef
, from Latin navis
ship, to which the church was often likened; akin to Greek nay`archo`s
, Sanskrit nāus, and perhaps to Anglo-Saxon naca
boat, German nachen
, Icelandic nökkvi
; confer Latin nare
to swim, float. Confer Nausea
.] (Architecture) The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances, or, if there are no transepts, from the choir to the principal entrance, but not including the aisles.
[ Anglo-Saxon nafela
, from nafu
nave; akin to Dutch navel
, German nabel
, Old High German nabolo
, Icelandic nafli
, Danish navle
, Swedish nafle
, Latin umbilicus
, Greek 'omfalo`s
, Sanskrit nābhīla
. √260. See Nave
hub, and confer Omphalic
.] 1. (Anat.) A mark or depression in the middle of the abdomen; the umbilicus. See Umbilicus . 2. The central part or point of anything; the middle.
Within the navel of this hideous wood, Milton. 3. (Gun.) An eye on the under side of a carronade for securing it to a carriage. Navel gall
Immured in cypress shades, a sorcerer dwells.
, a bruise on the top of the chine of the back of a horse, behind the saddle. Johnson.
-- Navel point
. (Her.) Same as Nombril .
Navel orange A type of orange in which the fruit incloses a small secondary fruit, the rind showing on the exterior a navel-like pit or depression at the apex. There are several varieties; they are usually seedless, or nearly so, and are much grown in California.
Navel-string noun The umbilical cord.
Navelwort noun (Botany) A European perennial succulent herb ( Cotyledon umbilicus ), having round, peltate leaves with a central depression; -- also called pennywort , and kidneywort .
[ Middle English navel
, a dim. from Latin napus
navew. Confer Napiform
.] (Botany) A kind of small turnip, a variety of Brassica campestris . See Brassica .
[ Writen also naphew
Navicular adjective [ Latin navicularius , from navicula , dim. of navis ship: confer French naviculaire .] Navicular bone . (Anat.) (a) One of the middle bones of the tarsus, corresponding to the centrale ; -- called also scaphoid . (b) A proximal bone on the radial side of the carpus; the scaphoid. -- Navicular disease (Far.) , a disease affecting the navicular bone, or the adjacent parts, in a horse's foot.
1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a boat or ship. 2. Shaped like a boat; cymbiform; scaphoid; as, the navicular glumes of most grasses; the navicular bone.
Navicular noun (Anat.) The navicular bone.
Navigability noun [ Confer French navigabilité .] The quality or condition of being navigable; navigableness.
[ Latin navigabilis
: confer French navigable
. See Navigate
.] Capable of being navigated; deep enough and wide enough to afford passage to vessels; as, a navigable river.
» By the common law, a river is considered as navigable only so far as the tide ebbs and flows in it. This is also the doctrine in several of the United States. In other States, the doctrine of the civil law prevails, which is, that a navigable river is a river capable of being navigated, in the common sense of the term. Kent. Burrill.
Navigate intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Navigated
; present participle & verbal noun Navigating
.] [ Latin navigatus
, past participle of navigare
, v.t. & i.; navis
ship + agere
to move, direct. See Nave
, and Agent
.] To journey by water; to go in a vessel or ship; to perform the duties of a navigator; to use the waters as a highway or channel for commerce or communication; to sail.
The Phenicians navigated to the extremities of the Western Ocean. Arbuthnot.
Navigate transitive verb
1. To pass over in ships; to sail over or on; as, to navigate the Atlantic. 2. To steer, direct, or manage in sailing; to conduct (ships) upon the water by the art or skill of seamen; as, to navigate a ship.
Navigation noun [ Latin navigatio : confer French navigation .] Aërial navigation , the act or art of sailing or floating in the air, as by means of ballons; aëronautic. -- Inland navigation , Internal navigation , navigation on rivers, inland lakes, etc.
1. The act of navigating; the act of passing on water in ships or other vessels; the state of being navigable. 2. (a) the science or art of conducting ships or vessels from one place to another, including, more especially, the method of determining a ship's position, course, distance passed over, etc., on the surface of the globe, by the principles of geometry and astronomy. (b) The management of sails, rudder, etc.; the mechanics of traveling by water; seamanship. 3. Ships in general. [ Poetic] Shak.
Navigator noun One who navigates or sails; esp., one who direct the course of a ship, or one who is skillful in the art of navigation; also, a book which teaches the art of navigation; as, Bowditch's Navigator .
Navigerous adjective [ Latin naviger ; navis ship + gerere to bear.] Bearing ships; capable of floating vessels. [ R.] Blount.
; plural Navies
. [ Abbreviated from navigator
.] Originally, a laborer on canals for internal navigation; hence, a laborer on other public works, as in building railroads, embankments, etc.
; plural Navies
. [ Old French navie
, from Latin navis
ship. See Nave
of a church.] 1. A fleet of ships; an assemblage of merchantmen, or so many as sail in company.
also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir." 1 kings x. 11. 2. The whole of the war vessels belonging to a nation or ruler, considered collectively; as, the navy of Italy. 3. The officers and men attached to the war vessels of a nation; as, he belongs to the navy . Navy bean
. see Bean .
-- Navy yard
, a place set apart as a shore station for the use of the navy. It often contains all the mechanical and other appliences for building and equipping war vessels and training their crews.
Navy blue Prussian blue.
[ See Nabob
.] A deputy ruler or viceroy in India; also, a title given by courtesy to other persons of high rank in the East.
Nawab noun A rich, retired Anglo-Indian; a nabob.
[ See Nall
.] An awl.
[ Obsolete] usser.
[ Icelandic nei
; akin to English no
. See No
] 1. No; -- a negative answer to a question asked, or a request made, now superseded by no . See Yes .
And eke when I say "ye," ne say not " nay ." Chaucer.
I tell you nay ; but except ye repent, ye shall all likewisr perish. Luke xiii. 3.
And now do they thrust us out privily? nay , verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out. Acts xvi. 37.
He that will not when he may, Old Prov.
When he would he shall have nay .
» Before the time of Henry VIII. nay
was used to answer simple questions, and no
was used when the form of the question involved a negative expression; nay
was the simple form, no
the emphatic. Skeat. 2. Not this merely, but also; not only so, but; -- used to mark the addition or substitution of a more explicit or more emphatic phrase.
in this sense may be interchanged with yea
. "Were he my brother, nay
, my kingdom's heir." Shak.
; plural Nays 1. Denial; refusal. 2. a negative vote; one who votes in the negative. It is no nay
, there is no denying it.
[ Obsolete] haucer.
Nay transitive verb & i. To refuse. [ Obsolete] Holinshed.
Nayaur noun (Zoology) A specied of wild sheep ( Ovis Hodgsonii ), native of Nepaul and Thibet. It has a dorsal mane and a white ruff beneath the neck.
Nayt transitive verb [ Icelandic neita .] To refuse; to deny. [ Obsolete] "He shall not nayt ne deny his sin." Chaucer.
Nayward noun The negative side.
Howe'er you lean to the nayward . Shak.
Nayword noun A byword; a proverb; also, a watchword. [ Obsolete] hak.
Nazarene noun [ Latin Nazarenus , Greek ..., from ... Nazareth.]
1. A native or inhabitant of Nazareth; -- a term of contempt applied to Christ and the early Christians. 2. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of Judaizing Christians in the first and second centuries, who observed the laws of Moses, and held to certain heresies.
Nazarite noun A Jew bound by a vow to lave the hair uncut, to abstain from wine and strong drink, and to practice extraordinary purity of life and devotion, the obligation being for life, or for a certain time. The word is also used adjectively.
Nazariteship noun The state of a Nazarite.
Nazaritic adjective Of or pertaining to a Nazarite, or to Nazarites.
Nazaritism noun The vow and practice of a Nazarite.
[ See Ness
.] A promontory or headland.
Nazirite noun A Nazarite.
[ Anglo-Saxon ne
. See No
.] Not; never.
He never yet no villany ne said. Chaucer.
was formerly used as the universal adverb of negation, and survives in certain compounds, as n
ever (= ne
ever) and n
one (= ne
one). Other combinations, now obsolete, will be found in the Vocabulary, as nad
. See Negative
[ See Ne
[ Obsolete] Shak.
No niggard ne no fool. Chaucer. Ne . . . ne
, neither . . . nor.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Ne exeat [ Latin ne exeat regno let him not go out of the kingdom.] (Law) A writ to restrain a person from leaving the country, or the jurisdiction of the court. The writ was originally applicable to purposes of state, but is now an ordinary process of courts of equity, resorted to for the purpose of obtaining bail, or security to abide a decree. Kent.