[nav-i-gey-shuh n]


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

1520–30; < Latin nāvigātiōn- (stem of nāvigātiō) a voyage. See navigate, -ion
Related formsnav·i·ga·tion·al, adjectivemis·nav·i·ga·tion, nounnon·nav·i·ga·tion, nounre·nav·i·ga·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for navigational

aquatic, marine, maritime, oceanic, seafaring, shipping, boating, navigating

Examples from the Web for navigational

Contemporary Examples of navigational

Historical Examples of navigational

  • 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.

    Nautical Charts

    G. R. Putnam

  • Many marine disasters are attributed to failure to make sufficient use of the lead, the simplest of navigational aids.

    Nautical Charts

    G. R. Putnam

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for navigational



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
Derived Formsnavigational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for navigational

1884, from navigation + -al.



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.)).

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