nav·i·ga·tion | \ˌna-və-ˈgā-shən \

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, -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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The formal surrender would take place the next day, July 4, marking the end of a nine-month campaign that broke the South in two and opened the Mississippi River to Union navigation from source to mouth. Russell S. Bonds, WSJ, "‘Vicksburg’ Review: The Falling Tide of Gray," 20 June 2018 Jump to navigation Atlanta’s 48th Annual Pride Festival is scheduled for Oct. 12-14 at Piedmont Park. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "June is LGBT Pride Month — when is Pride in Atlanta?," 6 June 2018 The Portland Press Herald reports tampering with aids to navigation is a federal offense punishable by fines of up to $25,000 per day or up to one year in prison. Fox News, "Coast Guard: Buoy navigation devices stolen off Maine coast," 1 June 2018 The result is a set of controls that dispense with nearly all buttons and provides quick, easy access to everything from climate to audio to navigation. Mark Phelan,, "Toyota Camry, Kia Stinger win best car interior award," 31 May 2018 The result is a set of controls that dispense with nearly all buttons and provides quick, easy access to everything from climate to audio to navigation. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "These 10 new cars and trucks have the best interiors," 27 May 2018 Military officials are now seeking alternatives to GPS navigation. Jonathan Broder, Newsweek, "Why the Next Pearl Harbor Could Happen in Space," 4 May 2016 Researchers have found that neonicotinoids short-circuit bees’ memories and navigation abilities. Bethany Ao,, "Philly millennials are buzzing about beekeeping," 11 July 2018 For many business owners, there is also the tricky navigation of dividing assets between your business-active children and those not involved with the business. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner,, "Careful planning essential when transferring business ownership to children," 11 July 2018

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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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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 \

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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a state of commotion or excitement

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