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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Anand has compiled hundreds of such waypoints in his Buddha-trail database. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, "Walking the Path of the Buddha in a Neglected Corner of India," 9 Aug. 2019 The waypoint idea stems from Taylor’s experiences buying antiques and decorating, sometimes traveling to large vintage and antique markets in Texas in the process. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Casa Rustica expects to expand to Santa Ysabel," 22 July 2019 The loads are often transported to Central America as a waypoint to then be smuggled in panga boats, go-fast vessels or homemade submarines to the western coast of Mexico. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pence praises Coast Guard drug seizure efforts and criticizes immigration system during San Diego visit," 12 July 2019 The -102 amendments would scrap the bill’s interim emissions reduction target for 2035, a waypoint that environmentalists consider non-negotiable, as early reductions are considered crucial to halt global temperature increases. oregonlive.com, "Carbon bill revamp proposal: A real threat or political theater?," 8 June 2019 The last thing to do was to choose traversable paths to waypoints chosen by the team. Jacek Krywko, Ars Technica, "To make Curiosity (et al) more curious, NASA and ESA smarten up AI in space," 16 July 2018 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

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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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