navigation

noun

nav·​i·​ga·​tion ˌna-və-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce navigation (audio)
1
: the act or practice of navigating
2
: the science of getting ships, aircraft, or spacecraft from place to place
especially : the method of determining position, course, and distance traveled
3
: ship traffic or commerce
navigational adjective
navigationally adverb

Example Sentences

If you're going to be a good sailor you need to master navigation. I don't mind driving if you're willing to do the navigation. Our new car has an onboard navigation system. Navigation becomes more difficult further upriver. There are back and forward buttons for easier browser navigation.
Recent Examples on the Web The precise navigation paired with powerful suction is top of the line, giving you the ease of hands-free cleaning and peace of mind that it’ll be done well. Gear Team, WIRED, 25 Nov. 2022 Open the app and tap on Sections in the bottom navigation. Staff Reports, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 The yard currently has 45 superyachts in navigation and another 21 under construction. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2022 That’s the tricky navigation that every composer faces all the time. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, 7 Nov. 2022 Servi also can’t go outside because the sun interferes with its navigation system. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2022 Dart’s on-board camera, a key part of this smart navigation system, caught sight of Dimorphos barely an hour before impact. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Sep. 2022 Its on-board camera, a key part of this smart navigation system, caught sight of Dimorphos barely an hour before impact. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 27 Sep. 2022 Dart’s on-board camera, a key part of this smart navigation system, caught sight of Dimorphos barely an hour before impact. Marcia Dunn, ajc, 26 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of navigation was in 1547

Dictionary Entries Near navigation

Cite this Entry

“Navigation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/navigation. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

navigation

noun

nav·​i·​ga·​tion ˌnav-ə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce navigation (audio)
1
: the act or practice of navigating
2
: the science of getting ships, aircraft, or spacecraft from place to place
especially : the method of figuring out position, course, and distance traveled
navigational
-shnəl How to pronounce navigation (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

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