What does Navigation mean?

Definitions for Navigation
ˌnæv ɪˈgeɪ ʃənnav·i·ga·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. navigation, pilotage, pilotingnoun

    the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place

  2. navigationnoun

    ship traffic

    "the channel will be open to navigation as soon as the ice melts"

  3. seafaring, navigation, sailingnoun

    the work of a sailor


  1. navigationnoun

    The theory, practice and technology of charting a course for a ship, aircraft or a spaceship

  2. navigationnoun

    Traffic or travel by vessel, especially commercial shipping

  3. navigationnoun

    A canal

  4. Etymology: From navigationem, accusative singular of navigatio, from navigatus, perfect passive participle of navigo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Navigationnoun

    Etymology: navigation, Fr. from navigate.

    Our shipping for number, strength, mariners, pilots, and all things that appertain to navigation, is as great as ever. Francis Bacon.

    The loadstone is that great help to navigation. More.

    Rude as their ships, was navigation then,
    No useful compass or meridian known;
    Coasting, they kept the land within their ken,
    And knew no north but when the polestar shone. Dryden.

    When Pliny names the Pœni as inventors of navigation, it must be understood of the Phœnicians, from whom the Carthaginians are descended. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    Tho’ you untie the winds, and let them fight
    Against the churches, tho’ the yesty waves
    Confound and swallow navigation up. William Shakespeare, Mac.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Navigationnoun

    the act of navigating; the act of passing on water in ships or other vessels; the state of being navigable

  2. Navigationnoun

    the science or art of conducting ships or vessels from one place to another, including, more especially, the method of determining a ship's position, course, distance passed over, etc., on the surface of the globe, by the principles of geometry and astronomy

  3. Navigationnoun

    the management of sails, rudder, etc.; the mechanics of traveling by water; seamanship

  4. Navigationnoun

    ships in general

  5. Etymology: [L. navigatio: cf. F. navigation.]


  1. Navigation

    Navigation is a field of study that focuses on the process of monitoring and controlling the movement of a craft or vehicle from one place to another. The field of navigation includes four general categories: land navigation, marine navigation, aeronautic navigation, and space navigation. It is also the term of art used for the specialized knowledge used by navigators to perform navigation tasks. All navigational techniques involve locating the navigator's position compared to known locations or patterns. Navigation, in a broader sense, can refer to any skill or study that involves the determination of position and direction. In this sense, navigation includes orienteering and pedestrian navigation. For information about different navigation strategies that people use, visit human navigation.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. navigation

    The art of conducting vessels on the sea, not only by the peculiar knowledge of seamanship in all its intricate details, but also by such a knowledge of the higher branches of nautical astronomy as enables the commander to hit his port, after a long succession of bad weather, and an absence of three or four months from all land. Any man without science may navigate the entire canals of Great Britain, but may be unable to pass from Plymouth to Guernsey.

Editors Contribution

  1. navigation

    The act and process of to navigate.

    Navigation tools and software are very helpful and useful.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Navigation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Navigation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Navigation in a Sentence

  1. Peter Cook:

    The behavioral deficits accompanying brain damage with domoic acid are severe, and may negatively impact foraging and navigation in sea lions, driving strandings and mortality.

  2. Chase LeBlanc:

    Muddy waters should never prevent proper navigation of the ship or the spirit.

  3. Tom Noel:

    Then once we got closer and could see the amount of growth on it I knew it was a long time in the water and that it was only a danger to navigation so I notified the Coastguard of its position.

  4. John Adams:

    I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

  5. Abdul Malik Al Jaber:

    Imagine if you have a joint Israeli-Palestinian investment in a start-up and it is sold for $1 billion like (Israeli navigation app) Waze. Imagine the impact this would have on the peace process.

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