nav·​i·​ga·​ble | \ ˈna-vi-gə-bəl How to pronounce navigable (audio) \

Definition of navigable

1a : deep enough and wide enough to afford passage to ships navigable waterways
b : capable of being navigated navigable terrain
2 : capable of being steered

Other Words from navigable

navigability \ ˌna-​vi-​gə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce navigable (audio) \ noun
navigably \ ˈna-​vi-​gə-​blē How to pronounce navigable (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of navigable in a Sentence

The marsh was navigable only by canoe. this map shows which rivers are navigable and which aren't
Recent Examples on the Web It’s been 50 years since the passage of the Clean Water Act with the goal of cleaning up the country’s navigable waterways, and while there is cause to celebrate what the legislation accomplished, toxins are still fouling rivers and lakes. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 7 Apr. 2022 The Pacific side of the country is more popular with visitors, since the roads are more navigable and tourist hot spots like Lake Nicaragua, Grenada and San Juan del Sur are clustered along the coastline. Travel + Leisure, 10 Mar. 2022 It was formally christened a navigable waterway in 2010, subject in its entirety, from Chatsworth to Long Beach, to the protections of the federal Clean Water Act. Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2022 The small screens are bright and easy to read, and the button layout is quickly navigable, especially once you're used to it. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 16 Feb. 2022 The interface is easy to use and navigable, and Google Assistant adds voice searching functionality. Louryn Strampe, Wired, 28 Nov. 2021 Understand how rising temperatures are creating a new navigable sea route. Mary Lou Cruz,, 3 Jan. 2022 Since then, however, Lake Restoration has yet to submit any formal application with the department’s Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, the agency charged with overseeing the beds of Utah’s navigable waters. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Dec. 2021 Omicron is all but guaranteed to bring a new wave to the U.S.; vaccine boosters and new medicines could keep it navigable for the live industry though. Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of navigable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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24 Apr 2022

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“Navigable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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nav·​i·​ga·​ble | \ ˈna-vi-gə-bəl How to pronounce navigable (audio) \

Kids Definition of navigable

1 : deep enough and wide enough to permit passage of ships a navigable river
2 : possible to steer a navigable balloon

Other Words from navigable

navigability \ ˌna-​vi-​gə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun

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