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[shawr-an, shohr-] /ˈʃɔr æn, ˈʃoʊr-/
a system for aircraft navigation in which two signals sent from an aircraft are received and answered by two fixed transponders, the round-trip times of the signals enabling the navigator to determine the aircraft's position.
Origin of shoran
1930-35; sho(rt) ra(nge) n(avigation) Unabridged
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  • shoran required trained electronic technicians to keep the equipment in proper adjustment and calibration.
  • shoran control was used where possible for ship and launch hydrography.
British Dictionary definitions for shoran


a short-range radar system by which an aircraft, ship, etc, can accurately determine its position by the time taken for a signal to be sent to two radar beacons at known locations and be returned
Word Origin
C20: sho(rt) ra(nge) n(avigation)
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short-range navigation
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