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

Definition of waypoint

: an intermediate point on a route or line of travel

Examples of waypoint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Apps like Roadtrippers and RV Life Trip Wizard make that last part simple, enabling you to plot your route based on dozens of waypoint categories (like camping, restaurants, and outdoor activities) and how much driving you’d like to do per day. Outside Online, 12 July 2022 And while before now there has only been a pulsing BEC laser, scientists from this project point out that that, too, was a waypoint on the road to a continuous traditional laser. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2022 The military base was being used as a waypoint for extraordinary rendition—and by some reports, as a detention and interrogation site—while the War on Terror ramped up. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 In Dnipro in central Ukraine, a main waypoint for those fleeing the fighting, new arrivals are in constant need of comfort and shelter. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 With its location between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, Solvang is a convenient waypoint on a coastal road trip. Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2021 Cogs are not working in the way they were designed to, or each supply chain waypoint can't adjust or work together in a different way to achieve the result. Michael Gale, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Your next waypoint is a single picnic table and a wooden sign that point straight ahead, toward Ogden Canyon Overlook and Sardine Peak trail. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 July 2021 For Gebru, the event could have been a waypoint between her grad school AI work and a job building moneymaking algorithms for tech giants. Tom Simonite, Wired, 8 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of waypoint

1880, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jul 2022

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“Waypoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waypoint. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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