way·​point | \ ˈwā-ˌpȯint How to pronounce waypoint (audio) \

Definition of waypoint

: an intermediate point on a route or line of travel

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The system extends situational awareness by allowing the soldiers to see threats, waypoints, objectives, and other items of interest superimposed upon the giant screens in an augmented reality-style view. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Crazy Ad for an Israeli Future Tank Is Something Else," 12 Mar. 2019 Eventually, after more back-and-forth over the radio, the controller allows the pilot to follow some other planes on a course toward GREKI, a waypoint over Connecticut. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Funny Audio of an Irish Pilot and New York Air Traffic Controller Arguing," 27 July 2018 Such robots can operate on their own either following a leader or plotting their own route cross-country using GPS waypoints. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Overloaded Soldier: Why U.S. Infantry Now Carry More Weight Than Ever," 26 Dec. 2018 This Gateway could serve as waypoint for astronauts to live and do research, according to the space agency. Loren Grush, The Verge, "This is Lockheed Martin’s idea for a reusable lander that carries people and cargo to the Moon," 3 Oct. 2018 Those waypoints were hundreds of meters apart, but scientists were clicking on a digital map rather than parsing through camera imagery looking for ways to safely move their rover a few tens of centimeters forward. Jacek Krywko, Ars Technica, "To make Curiosity (et al) more curious, NASA and ESA smarten up AI in space," 16 July 2018 The first is by following the campaign's waypoints and breadcrumbs to uncover the majority of Spider-Man's plot. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man PS4 review: Does whatever a spider can—and then some," 4 Sep. 2018 Marlene wanted to believe Barb’s house was a waypoint on her return to Tulsa. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "‘I Was Hoping to Be Retired’: The Cost of Supporting Parents and Adult Children," 16 Nov. 2018 Morocco is becoming a key waypoint for migrants, who have increasingly moved westward in their route across the Mediterranean. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, "Europe wants to outsource asylum processing. Critics say it’s abdicating its responsibilities.," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of waypoint

1880, in the meaning defined above

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