loran

noun
lo·​ran | \ ˈlȯr-ˌan How to pronounce loran (audio) \

Definition of loran

: 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

First Known Use of loran

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loran

long-range navigation

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