adjective \ˈna-vi-gə-bəl\

: deep and wide enough for boats and ships to travel on or through : capable of being navigated

Full Definition of NAVIGABLE

a :  deep enough and wide enough to afford passage to ships <navigable waterways>
b :  capable of being navigated <navigable terrain>
:  capable of being steered
nav·i·ga·bil·i·ty \ˌna-vi-gə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
nav·i·ga·bly \ˈna-vi-gə-blē\ adverb

Examples of NAVIGABLE

  1. The marsh was navigable only by canoe.
  2. <this map shows which rivers are navigable and which aren't>

First Known Use of NAVIGABLE

15th century

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay


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