Nav·vy n.; pl. Navies Originally, a laborer on canals for internal navigation; hence, a laborer on other public works, as in building railroads, embankments, etc. [Eng.]
Na·vy n.; pl. Navies
1. 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.”
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.
2. Prussian blue. [archaic]