lo·​ran ˈlȯr-ˌan How to pronounce loran (audio)
: a system of long-range navigation in which pulsed signals sent out by two pairs of radio stations are used to determine the location of a ship or airplane

Word History


long-range navigation

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loran was in 1943

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“Loran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loran. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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