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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Swati Mohan, a guidance, navigation and control officer monitoring telemetry at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, called out as the rover touched down. William Harwood, CBS News, ""Touchdown confirmed!": NASA celebrates as Perseverance rover lands on Mars," 19 Feb. 2021 But rafts offer little control over navigation and speed. Isaac Cheifetz, Star Tribune, "Navigate your career in the face of change," 13 Feb. 2021 Case management, housing navigation, mental health, and job training and placement services will be provided, too. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Los Angeles Just Opened a Tiny Home Village to House the Homeless," 12 Feb. 2021 Behind the wheel is a 14.2-inch reconfigurable cluster display, and on the far right is a 16.9-inch infotainment screen with navigation and voice recognition. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Are you ready for hands-free driving?," 11 Feb. 2021 Harman, busy transforming itself from an audio supplier into a company that does everything from speakers to augmented reality navigation and livestreaming, leaned into the concept of car as entertainment center. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "New in-vehicle technology shows we're using cars 'as much for living as traveling'," 18 Jan. 2021 And of course, GPS is essential technology for outdoorsmen who tap into global satellite networks for navigation, game tracking, timing, and a host of other useful functions. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Reasons You Should Own a GPS Watch," 7 Jan. 2021 In late July, hackers launched a ransomware attack against the navigation and fitness giant Garmin. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The Worst Hacks of 2020, a Surreal Pandemic Year," 27 Dec. 2020 The tests focus on propulsion systems, navigation and communication. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "China starts trials for second amphibious assault ship, with third expected in 2021," 25 Dec. 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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Last Updated

25 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Navigation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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