navigation

noun
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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Bombay Reef already has a lighthouse to serve as an aid to navigation. Alice Fung, The Seattle Times, "US carrier in Hong Kong after bombers fly over S. China Sea," 21 Nov. 2018 It's outfitted with threat-detection equipment designed to warn against ground threats, new navigation, communications, and countermeasures equipment, and an advanced fire-control system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a AC-130 Gunship Devastate Targets on the Ground with Its Howitzer," 16 Jan. 2019 The sites were ranked based on ease of booking and payment, ease of navigation, site performance and other criteria. Kate Silver, chicagotribune.com, "Airline customer satisfaction is higher than you might think, a survey indicates," 7 May 2018 The sites were ranked based on ease of booking and payment, ease of navigation, site performance and other criteria. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Airline customer satisfaction is higher than you might think, a survey indicates," 7 May 2018 That won’t happen for a few years though, as the Air Force is still working on the ground control system needed to control this next generation of navigation. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch its final Falcon 9 rocket of the year for the Air Force," 21 Dec. 2018 The company has simulated 30 million kilometers of potential navigation daily to better understand how jet streams and weather patterns will impact its preferred balloon routes. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Project Loon signs its first deal for Internet-delivering balloons—in Kenya," 19 July 2018 Open road, your fave tunes, a navigation app to take away the uncertainty. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Distracted Driving Is Out of Control, and There's No Single Cure," 27 June 2018 Lovell, a graduate of Milwaukee’s Juneau High School, was Apollo 8’s command module pilot and in charge of navigation. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "First space mission to the moon recounted in new book," 21 May 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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navigation

noun

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

navigation

noun
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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