Na"vy (?); n.; pl. Navies (#). [ OF. navie, fr. L. navis ship. See Nave of a church.]


A fleet of ships; an assemblage of merchantmen, or so many as sail in company.

"The navy also of Hiram, that brought gold from Ophir."

1 kings x. 11.


The whole of the war vessels belonging to a nation or ruler, considered collectively; as, the navy of Italy.


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.


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