What does navigation mean?

Definitions for navigationˌnæv ɪˈgeɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word navigation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. navigation, pilotage, piloting(noun)

    the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place

  2. navigation(noun)

    ship traffic

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

  3. seafaring, navigation, sailing(noun)

    the work of a sailor


  1. navigation(Noun)

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

  2. navigation(Noun)

    Traffic or travel by vessel, especially commercial shipping

  3. navigation(Noun)

    A canal

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Navigation(noun)

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

  2. Navigation(noun)

    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. Navigation(noun)

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

  4. Navigation(noun)

    ships in general

  5. Origin: [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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. President Obama:

    Freedom of navigation must be upheld.

  2. Bill Urban:

    This was not a Freedom of Navigation operation.

  3. Cui Tiankai:

    This was not a freedom of navigation operation.

  4. Yonatan Winetraub:

    It’s an advanced version of using the North Star for navigation.

  5. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    We've got to maintain freedom of navigation of the seas and in the air.

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