- deep and wide enough to provide passage to ships: a navigable channel.
- capable of being steered or guided, as a ship, aircraft, or missile.
Origin of navigable
Examples from the Web for navigable
This one literally takes up four corners on Rue Sherbrooke, all navigable via underground routes.The Foodie Capital of Canada
May 31, 2014
He crawled past the bend to make sure that the stream was navigable.The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy
Florence Partello Stuart
All three are goodly branches, and all navigable for great ships.The Discovery of Guiana
Sir Walter Raleigh
There are numerous rivers, few of which are navigable by sea-going ships.
This is the great river of the district, and is navigable for about three miles.
At present, they are navigable about half their length for small steamboats and bateaux.Old Mackinaw
W. P. Strickland.
- wide, deep, or safe enough to be sailed on or througha navigable channel
- capable of being steered or controlleda navigable raft
Word Origin and History for navigable
mid-15c., from Old French navigable (14c.) or directly from Latin navigabilis, from navigat-, past participle stem of navigare (see navigation). Related: Navigability.