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or GPS, g.p.s.

abbreviation for

  1. gallons per second.



[ jee-pee-es ]

abbreviation for

  1. Global Positioning System:
    1. a global system of U.S. navigational satellites developed to provide precise positional and velocity data and global time synchronization for air, sea, and land travel.
    2. an electronic system that uses these satellites to determine the position of a vehicle, person, etc.:

      School buses will be equipped with GPS.

    3. Also called GPS re·ceiv·er [jee, -, pee, -, es, ree-, see, -ver]. a receiver that determines its position by analyzing the satellite signals it receives:

      With the GPS in a smartphone, a utilities maintenance crew can navigate to within a few feet of a water meter.

verb (used with object)

, GPSed or GPS'd, GPS·ing.
  1. to locate, track, or map by using a GPS system: The trail was scouted and GPSed by volunteers.

    My dad asked me to GPS the nearest gas station.

    The trail was scouted and GPSed by volunteers.

  2. to equip with a GPS system:

    My new Honda is GPSed.

verb (used without object)

, GPSed or GPS'd, GPS·ing.
  1. to use a GPS system to get to a place:

    With two hours to kill in an unfamiliar area, I GPSed to a shopping center.


abbreviation for

  1. global positioning system
  2. (in Australia) Great Public Schools; used of a group of mainly nonstate schools, and of sporting competitions between them


  1. Abbreviation of Global Positioning System

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gps1

First recorded in 1970–75

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Example Sentences

The group was founded in 2008 by operatives who would later have ties to the dark money powerhouse Crossroads GPS.

Waze is a GPS-like smartphone app that provides drivers with up-to-the-minute, real-time updates on road conditions.

Or Sensoria, a new athletic-wear company whose socks have GPS and whose shirts have a fitness tracker built into the bra.

Earlier in the year, according to conservative sources, Adelson gave close to $20 million to Crossroads GPS.

In 2010, for instance, the RJC sent a $4 million check to Crossroads GPS.

Cellular telephony places us on the map of the world as precisely as the global positioning system (GPS) deployed on satellites.