Dictionary: NAV'I-GATE – NE-A-POL'I-TAN

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NAV'I-GATE, v.t.

  1. To pass over in ships; to sail on; as, to navigate the Atlantic.
  2. To steer, direct or manage in sailing; as, to navigate a ship.


Steered or managed in passing on the water; passed over in sailing.


Passing on or over in sailing; steering and managing in sailing.

NAV-I-GA'TION, n. [L. navigatio.]

  1. The act of navigating; the act of passing on water in ships or other vessels.
  2. The art of conducting ships or vessels from one place to another. This art comprehends not only the management of the sails, but the directing and measuring of the course of ships by the laws of geometry, or by astronomical principles and observations. Encyc.
  3. Ships in general. Aerial navigation, the sailing or floating in the air by means of balloons. Inland navigation, the passing of boats or small vessels on rivers, lakes or canals, in the interior of a country; conveyance by boats or vessels in the interior of a country.


One that navigates or sails; chiefly, one who directs the course of a ship, or one who is skillful in the art of navigation. We say, a bold navigator, an experienced navigator, an able navigator.

NA'VY, n. [L. navis; Gr. ναυς, from νεω, to swim, L. no, nato; Sans. nau; Armenian, naw; Pers. naodan. The elements of the verb are probably Nd, coinciding with Eng. nod, L. nuto. To swim then is to move up and down. Class Nd, No. 3, 9.]

  1. A fleet of ships; an assemblage of merchantmen, or as many as sail in company. The navy of Hiram brought gold from Ophir. 1 Kings x.
  2. The whole of the ships of war belonging to a nation or king. The navy of Great Britain is the defense of the kingdom and its commerce. This is the usual acceptance of the word.

NAWL, n.

An awl. [Not in use.]

NAY, adv. [a contracted word; L. nego; Sw. ney or nej, from neka, to deny; W. nac, from naca, to deny.]

  1. No; a word that expresses negation. I tell you nay, but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke xiii.
  2. It expresses also refusal. He that will not when he may, / When he would he shall have nay. Proverb. [In those senses it is now rarely used; no being substituted.]
  3. Not only so; not this alone; intimating that something is to be added by way of amplification. He requested a answer; nay, he urged it.

NAY, n.

Denial; refusal.

NAY, v.t.

To refuse. [Not in use.]


Tendency to denial. [Not used.] Shak.


A by-word; a proverbial reproach; watch-word. [Obs.] Ibm.


An inhabitant of Nazareth; one of the early converts to Christianity; in contempt. Acts xxiv.


A Jew who professed extraordinary purity of life and devotion. Encyc.


The doctrines or practice of the Nazarites. Burder.

NE, adv. [Sax.]

Not, is obsolete. We find it in early English writers, prefixed to other words; as, nill, for ne will, will not; nal, for ne has, has not; nis for ne is, is not. Spenser.

NEAF, n. [Ice. nefi; Scot. nieve.]

The fist. [Obs.]

NEAL, v.i.

To be tempered by heat. [Little used. See Anneal.] Bacon.

NEAL, v.t. [Sax. anælan, to kindle.]

To temper and reduce to due consistence by heat. But neal is now rarely used. [See Anneal.]

NEAP, a. [Sax. hnipan, to incline, to fall.]

Low. The neap tides are those which happen in the middle of the second and fourth quarters of the moon: They are low tides, and oppose to spring tides.

NEAP, n.1 [This word may belong to the root of neb, nib; Ice. nif, nose; Eth. anaf.]

The tongue or pole of a cart, sled or wagon. New England.

NEAP, n.2

Low water. [Little used.]


Left aground. A ship is said to be neaped, when left aground, particularly on the highth of a spring tide, so that she wilt not float till the return of the next spring tide. Mar. Dict.


Belonging to Naples, in Italy.


An inhabitant or native of the kingdom of Naples.