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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 navigational
  • Be sure to take along a high-quality map that includes navigational markers to tell you where you are.
  • Discovering the crocodiles' brilliant navigational skills is bad news because it means that relocation is not working.
  • More sober minds suggested the box was a clock or a navigational device, but even those interpretations rested on skimpy evidence.
  • Perhaps she was taken off course by some navigational error.
  • These navigational problems rarely amount to anything.
  • He decides on everything from the dinner menu to the navigational route.
  • If it works the same way in fish, that could help explain part of their navigational prowess.
  • These navigational changes will spread throughout the rest of the site in the weeks and months ahead.
  • The exhibition draws its power not only from nimble navigational tools but also from the intimacy of the encounters.
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.)).

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