Word of the Day: Naval and Navel



na-val  /  -vəl




  1. pertaining to ships; seafaring, nautical, maritime

Plymouth harbor’s maritime and naval history is, however, interwoven with that of England.

from “England, Picturesque and Descriptive” by Joel Cook, 1842 – 1910


  1. pertaining to, or having a navy

Without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive.

George Washington, 1732 – 1799






na-vel  /  -vəl



  1. the belly button; the mark on mammals where the umbilical accord was attached prior to birth

The only man completely at peace is a man without a navel.

Robert Jordan, 1948 – 2007


  1. a central point, the middle

He is the god who sits in the center, on the navel of the earth, and he is the interpreter of religion to all mankind.

from “The Republic” by Plato, 428/427 – 348/347 BC