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

Other Words from navigation

navigational \ ˌna-​və-​ˈgā-​shnəl How to pronounce navigation (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Their competitors’ business models vary widely, making money from a combination of coaching, insurance navigation, and clinician services, paid through subscriptions or one-off fees. Katie Palmer, STAT, 7 Aug. 2022 For example, home robots will overcome navigation, direction, and object detection issues, enabling them to carry out tasks more efficiently. Naveen Joshi, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 The test flights will evaluate vehicle operation, navigation, ground charging and security provision following development of physical and digital infrastructure, including a vertiport, where ground and aerial trials will begin in about a year. Fortune, 18 July 2022 Disney’s board cited Chapek’s navigation of the company during the heath crisis, business results and a successful transformation strategy as reasons for extending his contract three more years. Anousha Sakouistaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 But there have been problems with validating the mission's software, which combines guidance, navigation, and hardware control. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 24 June 2022 Standard equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, navigation, heated seats, and a power tailgate. Nicholas Wallace, Car and Driver, 7 June 2022 The split-screen mode focuses on navigation, entertainment, and communication apps, with each class getting a tile on the screen. Chris Smith, BGR, 16 May 2022 Boasting a 10″ infotainment system including navigation, which operates from the touchpad on the center console, the options are endless and the utilization is swift. Marc Grasso, Hartford Courant, 13 May 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

12 Aug 2022

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“Navigation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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