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 A couple hundred feet below us was the GPS waypoint that could solve one of the greatest mysteries of mountaineering. Mark Synnott, National Geographic, "Our team climbed Everest to try to solve its greatest mystery," 16 June 2020 On top of the usual suite of Garmin’s features (fitness, weather, heart rate, etc.), this watch has a Trackback GPS functionality that lets wearers navigate back to a waypoint, like spike camp. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "The Outdoor Life Father’s Day Gift Guide," 1 June 2020 The waypoints speak more to exotic places from the old spice trade than to where concrete is being poured (no mention of a military base in Djibouti, for instance). The Economist, "China is making substantial investment in ports and pipelines worldwide," 6 Feb. 2020 This might seem like a doleful itinerary from our violent age: not so much waypoints on a walk meant to connect humanity as a plunge into the Phlegethon, the river of burning blood in which murderers, warmongers, and tyrants boil in Dante’s Inferno. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Is the world becoming more violent?," 10 Jan. 2020 And once a wilderness therapy program is completed, adolescents are often moved to other private therapy waypoints before eventually returning home. Popular Science, "There isn’t much science supporting wilderness therapy for teens," 30 Jan. 2020 The water ice could contribute to rocket fuel and turn the Moon into a waypoint between Earth and Mars. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How NASA's VIPER Will Drill Into Lunar Ice," 30 Oct. 2019 The country is a major waypoint for migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East to Europe. Washington Post, "Refugees shot dead in Tripoli forced out of UN facility," 11 Jan. 2020 Comfortable at most any waypoint along the continuum of American blues, McFadden has been sought by everyone from Pink to Primus bassist Les Claypool. oregonlive, "Live music in Portland: 25 January concerts you won’t want to miss," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of waypoint

1880, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2020

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“Waypoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waypoint. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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