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or GPS, g.p.s.

  1. gallons per second.
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  1. Global Positioning System: 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.: The car is equipped with GPS, so I'm sure we won't get lost.
  3. a receiver that determines its position by analyzing the satellite signals it receives: When we go on hikes, we use a GPS.
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  • Cellular telephony places us on the map of the world as precisely as the global positioning system (GPS) deployed on satellites.

British Dictionary definitions for gps


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
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gps in Science


  1. Abbreviation of Global Positioning System
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