A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David C
Date: 2021 Feb 1, 17:39 -0800
I was browsing a book called The Telephone Handbook published in 1942. In a chapter about submarine cables the word "naut" is used to define the length of the cables. The inference is that the word means nautical mile. The book tells me that a cable from Key West to Havana is 108 nauts long. Some googling tells me that Key West to Havana is 91 nm which confirms that naut means nautical mile.
Some more googling and I found this link
"noun An abbreviation of nautical mile (6,080 feet), sometimes used, especially in writing of the laying of submarine cables."
Maybe I will add naut to archaic words I enjoy using such as long by chron and astro?