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[ nav-i-gey-shuhn ]


  1. the act or process of navigating.
  2. the art or science of plotting, ascertaining, or directing the course of a ship, aircraft, or guided missile.
  3. Computers.
    1. the act or process of moving from one part of a website, software program, document, etc., to another part, especially by using links or menus.
    2. the design and placement of user interface elements like links and menus that allow a user to move from one part of a website, software program, document, etc., to another part.


/ ˌnævɪˈɡeɪʃən /


  1. the skill or process of plotting a route and directing a ship, aircraft, etc, along it
  2. the act or practice of navigating

    dredging made navigation of the river possible

  3. rare.
    ship traffic; shipping
  4. dialect.
    an inland waterway; canal

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Derived Forms

  • ˌnaviˈgational, adjective

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Other Words From

  • nav·i·ga·tion·al adjective
  • mis·nav·i·ga·tion noun
  • non·nav·i·ga·tion noun
  • re·nav·i·ga·tion noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of navigation1

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin nāvigātiōn- (stem of nāvigātiō ) “a voyage”; navigate, -ion

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Example Sentences

If you don’t already have one, add a search box to your navigation menu.

Anticipating your iPhone, the Gen-Ryu also sports voice navigation and hands-free cellphone function.

In 1Password, these other pieces of data are available via the navigation pane in the desktop apps and the web interface.

Speaking of real estate … the city purchased an indoor skydiving facility several years ago with the plan of turning it into a “housing navigation center” for the homeless.

Then you get to the Calcasieu River and that navigation channel—and then to Calcasieu Lake, which is also super shallow—which amplify the surge as they form an artery straight up to Lake Charles.

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And increasingly smart navigation aids in the cockpit brought far greater precision and efficiency to route planning.

The flight management computers include the navigation data programmed for every flight.

Finally, traveling at speeds of up to 3.6 miles per second makes guidance, navigation, and control tricky problems.

He envisions an Asia “where,” as he told the Australian parliament, “commerce and freedom of navigation are not impeded.”

Within the ICAO is the Air Navigation Commission, charged with “the safety and efficiency of international civil aviation.”

On his return he again doubled cape Good Hope, which had long been regarded as the ne plus ultra of navigation.

The Steam Navigation Company built them, and many others of different sizes.

The variation in this interval is almost too trifling to be noticed for the purposes of common navigation.

Lauritz Seehus was promoted to be mate; in the winter he had been up to Bergen, and had passed in navigation.

He had access to the ocean only in a latitude in which navigation is, during a great part of every year, perilous and difficult.


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