n. pl. na·vies
1. All of a nation's warships.
2. often Navy A nation's entire military organization for sea warfare and defense, including vessels, personnel, and shore establishments.
3. A group of ships; a fleet.
4. Navy blue.
[Middle English, from Old French navie, from Latin nāvigia, pl. of nāvigium, ship, from nāvigāre, to sail; see NAVIGATE.]
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