nav·​i·​ga·​tion ˌna-və-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce navigation (audio)
: the act or practice of navigating
: the science of getting ships, aircraft, or spacecraft from place to place
especially : the method of determining position, course, and distance traveled
: ship traffic or commerce
navigational 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 Then its cameras and lasers will feed data to the onboard navigation computers that will autonomously guide it to a safe place on the surface. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Jamming overwhelms navigation systems (GPS and others such as the Russian GLONASS) with noise. David Hambling, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Solar flares, which are a large burst of energy on the sun's surface, can pose a risk to spacecraft and astronauts and also affect radio communications, electric power grids and navigation signals, according to NASA. Brie Stimson, Fox News, 11 Feb. 2024 That's mated with another small display in the center of the gauge cluster, which presents the usual information about vehicle status, range, and consumption but sadly can't be set to show navigation prompts. Tim Stevens, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2024 Two-thirds of drivers surveyed by the IIHS reported performing a distracting activity behind the wheel, like using a navigation app, making a call, or reading texts. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 5 Feb. 2024 And then there’s the Mount Diablo Beacon, illuminated by Charles Lindbergh in 1928 as a U.S. effort to guide the first commercial aviators at night, before radio navigation became commonplace. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 Explore the quick start guide to find staple controls like power on and off, volume and mute, navigation arrows, and a menu. Stack Commerce, Popular Science, 25 Jan. 2024 The new finding hinges on a theory about navigation. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of navigation was in 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Navigation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


nav·​i·​ga·​tion ˌnav-ə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce navigation (audio)
: the act or practice of navigating
: the science of getting ships, aircraft, or spacecraft from place to place
especially : the method of figuring out position, course, and distance traveled
-shnəl How to pronounce navigation (audio)

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