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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The navigation at the screen’s bottom squeezes in a discrete Walmart button, which reveals the retailer’s preinstalled apps: Walmart, Walmart Grocery, Sam’s Club, Vudu, and Books. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "A $50 tablet can handle the basics, but not much more," 2 July 2019 Instead, the computer had focused on the critical tasks of navigation, guidance, and control. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 Researchers originally identified ripples in the hippocampus, a region crucially involved in memory and navigation, as central to diverting recollections to long-term memory during sleep. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Better Memory Through Electrical Brain Ripples," 14 June 2019 When closed, the front display works exactly like any smartphone, with texting, calling, navigation, music, and, yes, Instagram available with the tap of a finger. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Is Samsung’s Galaxy Fold the Phone of the Future?," 15 Apr. 2019 This includes testing an atomic clock for deep space navigation and a new ultrasafe green satellite fuel, studying radiation and space weather, and demonstrating WiFi communication between cubesats and GPS signals for weather forecasts. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "SpaceX Is Launching a Solar Sail the Size of a Boxing Ring," 24 June 2019 The upper display is a 10.1-inch, 1,540 x 720 display, and that's where the system displays the navigation and map info, the radio or media player, and so on. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Audi A7 might be all the car anyone ever needs," 24 June 2019 Built less for navigation and more to protect towns and farms against flooding, levees compounded the transformation. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "Creating a waterborne interstate for commerce: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 Transition Projects, which will run the navigation and Foster shelters, will cede the Wy’east shelter, 1415 SE 122nd Ave. oregonlive.com, "Salvation Army homeless shelter closes in restructuring of Portland shelter system," 12 June 2019

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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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