way·​point | \ˈwā-ˌpȯint \

Definition of waypoint 

: an intermediate point on a route or line of travel

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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 In this demo, we were tasked with breaking up two specific crimes and killing time between those by using spidey sense to toggle a litany of waypoints. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man PS4 hands-on: Saving giant virtual NYC has never felt so awesome," 12 June 2018 As part of the targeting system, the missile can be set to fly to a series of waypoints, flying around static threats, land features, and commercial shipping. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy's New AI Missile Sinks Ships the Smart Way," 25 Feb. 2016 The stones were once used as waypoints along the historic corridor spanning from Boston to Manhattan along Upper Boston Post Road and by postal workers to determine their mail-carrying rates. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "Mile markers dating back to the 1700s restored across Massachusetts," 5 June 2018 At the same time, having a few waypoints, like Tucson or Abiquiu, is a counterbalance. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Even Vagabonds Need a Home," 17 May 2018 The arrangement provided at least nominal control between the city of Jarabulus, and the city of Azaz, a key waypoint for supplies coming from the Turkish border crossing at Bab Salameh. Umar Farooq, latimes.com, "Syrian forces battling Assad seek unity through the National Army," 14 May 2018 Services include Automatic Collision Notification, Emergency Call (SOS), Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Journey Planner (destination and up to five waypoints), Boundary Alert/Speed Alert, Alarm Notification, and more. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Nissan Rogue proves to be a popular compact crossover for US consumers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of waypoint

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of waypoint was in 1880

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