- 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
Examples from the Web for navigational
His navigational skill coupled with help from the seas and the direction of the wind that night saved over 4,000 lives.Costa Concordia’s Captain’s Culpability in Crash and Deaths Weighed by Judge
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 16, 2012
I have no idea how Justin accomplished that navigational marvel.My Friend Justin Feldman
September 28, 2011
During World War II, aviation technology grew faster than navigational instruments could keep up.Before 447: Seven Other Plane-Crash Mysteries
The Daily Beast
June 5, 2009
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.
Many marine disasters are attributed to failure to make sufficient use of the lead, the simplest of navigational aids.
The middle screen presented a magnified view of the navigational globe on the bridge.Oomphel in the Sky
Henry Beam Piper
Safe passage across the seas, especially from the navigational point of view, provided much food for thought.The Blocking of Zeebrugge
Alfred F. B. Carpenter
- the skill or process of plotting a route and directing a ship, aircraft, etc, along it
- the act or practice of navigatingdredging made navigation of the river possible
- US rare ship traffic; shipping
- Midland English dialect an inland waterway; canal
Word Origin and History for navigational
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.)).