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[nav-i-gey-shuh n] /ˌnæv ɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
the act or process of navigating.
the art or science of plotting, ascertaining, or directing the course of a ship, aircraft, or guided missile.
Origin of navigation
1520-30; < Latin nāvigātiōn- (stem of nāvigātiō) a voyage. See navigate, -ion
Related forms
navigational, adjective
misnavigation, noun
nonnavigation, noun
renavigation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for navigation
  • BlackBerry users may want to know what navigation apps are available to them.
  • Navigators on ships need to brush up on celestial navigation.
  • Students discuss the navigation methods of migratory animals.
  • The article was informative for someone who has an interest in navigation of waterways.
  • Two new navigation apps aim to put traffic reporting in the hands of drivers.
  • The concept should be applied into a car's navigation system.
  • With a new color palette and stunning shaded relief, backcountry navigation has never been easier.
  • Bats, along with other animals that employ echolocation, rely on their ears more than their eyes for orientation and navigation.
  • Among the hypotheses is that their navigation system is perturbed.
  • Most new cars offer on-board navigation and entertainment systems as a premium package.
British Dictionary definitions for navigation


the skill or process of plotting a route and directing a ship, aircraft, etc, along it
the act or practice of navigating: dredging made navigation of the river possible
(US, rare) ship traffic; shipping
(Midland English, dialect) an inland waterway; canal
Derived Forms
navigational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for navigation

1530s, from Middle French navigation (14c.) or directly from Latin navigationem (nominative navigatio) "a sailing, navigation, voyage," noun of action from past participle stem of navigare "to sail, sail over, go by sea, steer a ship," from navis "ship" (see naval) + root of agere "to drive" (see act (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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navigation in Technology

World-Wide Web
Finding your way around a web site. Many sites have some kind of navigation bar. One of the first web browsers was called Netscape Navigator.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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