nav·​i·​ga·​tion | \ ˌna-və-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce navigation (audio) \

Definition of navigation

1 : the act or practice of navigating
2 : the science of getting ships, aircraft, or spacecraft from place to place especially : the method of determining position, course, and distance traveled
3 : ship traffic or commerce

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Other Words from navigation

navigational \ ˌna-​və-​ˈgā-​shnəl How to pronounce navigational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
navigationally adverb

Examples of navigation in a Sentence

If you're going to be a good sailor you need to master navigation. I don't mind driving if you're willing to do the navigation. Our new car has an onboard navigation system. Navigation becomes more difficult further upriver. There are back and forward buttons for easier browser navigation.
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Recent Examples on the Web Non-camping specific upgrades include getting your Weekender wrapped in one of 200 available colors and choices of better audio and navigation features. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz Pops Up with a Weekender Camper," 6 Feb. 2020 Over time, the application has evolved from a fairly static online representation of an atlas, to a GPS-powered navigation tool, to a platform for reviews—and, of course, for ads. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Google Maps's Jen Fitzpatrick Says the Future of Maps Goes Beyond Driving," 6 Feb. 2020 USA TODAY Google Maps turns 15 this week, and many of the 1 billion-plus people who turn to Google’s app globally each month do so for more than navigation guidance. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "15 tips to get the most out of Google Maps as the app turns 15," 6 Feb. 2020 The new Escalade will also offer augmented reality navigation with three-dimensional sound cues. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "The new Cadillac Escalade can drive itself," 4 Feb. 2020 The Transport Ministry announced the closure of the airspace around the Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport in Madrid after Enaire, Spain’s air navigation authority, reported the possible presence of drones in the area. Washington Post, "Drone sighting disrupts air traffic at Madrid airport," 3 Feb. 2020 When traffic is severe, the map's navigation software will reroute drivers around the congestion when possible. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "How to virtually block a road: Take a walk with 99 phones," 3 Feb. 2020 An eight-inch touchscreen display audio system, AM/FM/HD Radio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual USB ports, SiriusXM and navigation are optional on the SEL and standard on the Denim model. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The Hyundai Venue debuts for 2020 offering flash, not dash," 1 Feb. 2020 Shortly before, the pilot unsuccessfully sought navigation help from air traffic controllers because of poor visibility. Adam Elmahrek, Los Angeles Times, "Kobe Bryant’s helicopter didn’t have terrain alert system. Could it have averted tragedy?," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of navigation

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of navigation was in 1547

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9 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Navigation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of navigation

: the act, activity, or process of finding the way to get to a place when you are traveling in a ship, airplane, car, etc.
: the act of moving in a boat or ship over an area of water
computers : the act of going to different places on the Internet or on a particular Web site in order to find what you want


nav·​i·​ga·​tion | \ ˌna-və-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce navigation (audio) \

Kids Definition of navigation

1 : the act or practice of steering, directing the course of, or finding a way through
2 : the science of figuring out the position and course of a ship or aircraft

Other Words from navigation

navigational \ -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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