: a navigational system using satellite signals to fix the location of a radio receiver on or above the earth's surface
also : the radio receiver so used


2 of 2


gallons per second

Examples of GPS in a Sentence

Noun The car comes with GPS.
Recent Examples on the Web
Video from the scene and radio traffic between first responders indicated part of the garage structure collapsed before 10 a.m. Use the interactive map below from the GPS service Waze to track traffic in the area: Observer reporter Kallie Cox contributed to this story. Mary Ramsey, Charlotte Observer, 6 May 2024 Governments and industry experts are sounding the alarm about the potential for major airline disasters due to increasing attacks against GPS systems in the Baltic region since the start of the war in Ukraine. Dhruv Mehrotra, WIRED, 4 May 2024 On the same day, local media in Israel reported that GPS signals in the northern and southern regions of Israel were disrupted, causing cell phones and GPS devices to show false GPS readings. Kerem Inal, ABC News, 4 May 2024 Within a few months of 3D forming his drone army, the junta started using jamming technology from China and Russia to scramble the GPS signals that guide drones to their targets. Paul Mozur Adam Ferguson, New York Times, 4 May 2024 In 2013, 22-year-old Roger Diaz was killed after GPS took him and his friends to the wrong address while they were headed to a friend's house. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 3 May 2024 When a captive mother whelps, or gives birth on her own, managers match her pups with a wild den using GPS coordinates from radio collars placed on packs’ breeding alpha male and female. Hayleigh Evans, The Arizona Republic, 3 May 2024 Another improvement under way is transitioning from radar to GPS so that air traffic controllers have a more precise picture of a plane’s whereabouts. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 May 2024 Romero Soto will wear a GPS ankle monitor and live with a friend in Kissimmee who was appointed as a third-party custodian. Sandra McDonald, Miami Herald, 26 Apr. 2024

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Word History



Global Positioning System

First Known Use


1974, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of GPS was in 1974

Dictionary Entries Near GPS

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“GPS.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/GPS. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a navigation system that uses satellite signals to find the location of a radio receiver on or above the earth's surface
also : a radio receiver used in a GPS system


Global Positioning System

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