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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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  • The five wrecks show that navigational difficulties are increased in war-time.

    The Story of Our Submarines John Graham Bower
  • They're designed so any fool can tell what to do, and the navigational settings are completely automatic.

    The Star Hyacinths James H. Schmitz
  • While this satisfied local pride it led to much geographical and navigational confusion.

    Nautical Charts G. R. Putnam
  • If only they would continue to illuminate the atmosphere our navigational difficulties would be enormously reduced.

    The Blocking of Zeebrugge Alfred F. B. Carpenter
  • She seemed to show more interest in the radar screen, the navigational equipment, and the communications system.

    A Fine Fix R. C. Noll
  • (e) Masters were cautioned to hug the coast, as far as navigational facilities admitted, when making coastal passages.

    The Crisis of the Naval War John Rushworth Jellicoe
  • The middle screen presented a magnified view of the navigational globe on the bridge.

    Oomphel in the Sky Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for navigational


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 navigational

1884, from navigation + -al.



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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