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.
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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