navigable

adjective nav·i·ga·ble \ ˈna-vi-gə-bəl \

Definition of navigable

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

navigability

play \ˌna-vi-gə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

navigably

play \ˈna-vi-gə-blē\ adverb

Examples of navigable in a Sentence

  1. The marsh was navigable only by canoe.

  2. this map shows which rivers are navigable and which aren't

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First Known Use of navigable

15th century

Other Nautical Terms


NAVIGABLE Defined for English Language Learners

navigable

adjective

Definition of navigable for English Language Learners

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


NAVIGABLE Defined for Kids

navigable

adjective nav·i·ga·ble \ ˈna-vi-gə-bəl \

Definition of navigable for Students

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

navigability

\ˌna-vi-gə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun


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