way·​point ˈwā-ˌpȯint How to pronounce waypoint (audio)
: an intermediate point on a route or line of travel

Examples of waypoint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dozens of similar transfers occur each week in the Laconian Gulf of Greece, a convenient waypoint en route to the Suez Canal and Asian markets, analysts say. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 Additionally, consideration of key terrain in this radius should be noted as these natural and manmade objects often provide notable waypoints for navigation purposes. Bill Edwards, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Users can also map the same button’s short press function to start a workout, open the stopwatch, measure a dive, turn on the watch flashlight (make the screen very bright using a plain white background), execute a Siri shortcut, drop a waypoint, or start a Backtrack breadcrumb retrace route. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 27 Apr. 2023 Or controlling drones by setting and modifying sequences of waypoints. Haomiao Huang, Ars Technica, 23 Aug. 2023 Small towns have long played an outsized role in American songwriting, often serving as waypoint between past and present, a place that that some characters leave, others yearn to return and many are left behind. Dave Brooks, Billboard, 13 Nov. 2023 Marrakesh, the largest city affected by Morocco’s quake, has been a hub and waypoint for travelers in the region for nearly 1,000 years. Benjamin Soloway, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 For most of its recent history — or at least since 1959, when Ecuador first declared the Galápagos Islands a national park — the seat of government has been something of an afterthought for travelers, a waypoint en route to the ecological wonderland off the coast. Ian Volner, Travel + Leisure, 30 Sep. 2023 After coming to Dnipro, the central Ukrainian city that has become the main waypoint for those fleeing the east, people with animals often find their savior in Evgenia Molchanova, 31, the indefatigable woman who owns and runs the Green Grove with her husband, Anatoliy Pilipenko. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of waypoint was in 1880

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“Waypoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waypoint. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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