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

Examples of navigation in a Sentence

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.
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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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