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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
navigational/navigation aids (=that help you find the way you need to go when you are travelling from one place to another)
▪ navigational aids such as radar
▪ Draper was a pioneer in the development of inertial navigation systems.
▪ Their hand-held satellite navigation systems told them their exact position to within 15 metres.
▪ The navigation system employs Global Positioning System satellites and regional map software to help guide drivers to unfamiliar addresses.
▪ But Renault wants the system built-in, ready for traffic navigation systems.
▪ If I were a Brown lackey, I would have applauded his idea of putting global-positioning navigation systems on Muni buses.
▪ Possibly the most fascinating thing about the rover, however, was its on-board navigation system.
▪ The rover's navigation system helped with this.
▪ I searched the horizon but could not see the hill I used for navigation.
▪ Navy and Marine planes, using navigation satellites, can strike targets in all kinds of weather.
▪ The cross check of the navigation instrument is included according to which navigation or approach facilities are being used.
▪ While the sub was on the seafloor, I learned to track her from the surface using the acoustic navigation instruments.
▪ Those they use for navigation are so high-pitched that they are ultrasonic, far beyond the range of any human ear.
▪ Finally, preservation of correct bearing may be important, for example if the map is to be used for navigation.
▪ an electronic navigation system
▪ The channel is now open to navigation.
▪ The voyage was an achievement of navigation and courage.
▪ But the Flicker is used by freighters with full-automatic Intelloid navigation.
▪ Frames can be useful for maintaining a navigation bar, but all permanent frames consume screen real estate.
▪ In Medieval times rivers were used for water supply and to power mills as well as for navigation.
▪ In the navigation room Colonel Bowers pored over his flight-plan and a sandwich lunch.
▪ Precision Products makes navigation and guidance systems for military and space purposes.
▪ The fecundity of adult Jerichos must be legend, the navigation abilities of the larvae extraordinary.
▪ There's a medical officer, a navigation officer, a communications officer.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Navigation \Nav`i*ga"tion\, n. [L. navigatio: cf. F. navigation.]

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

    1. 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.

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

  2. Ships in general. [Poetic]

    A["e]rial navigation, the act or art of sailing or floating in the air, as by means of airplanes or ballons; aviation; a["e]ronautic.

    Inland navigation, Internal navigation, navigation on rivers, inland lakes, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.)).


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The theory, practice and technology of charting a course for a ship, aircraft or a spaceship 2 (context uncountable English) traffic or travel by vessel, especially commercial shipping 3 (context countable English) A canal

  1. n. the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place [syn: pilotage, piloting]

  2. ship traffic; "the channel will be open to navigation as soon as the ice melts"

  3. the work of a sailor [syn: seafaring, sailing]

Navigation (album)

Navigation is the debut album by Irish Sonny Condell's band Radar and was released in May 2005


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.

Navigation (disambiguation)

Navigation is the theory and practice of navigating, especially the charting of a course for a ship, aircraft, or spaceship.

Navigation may also refer to:

  • Land navigation
  • Air navigation
  • Ship transport in general
  • Web navigation, the process of browsing and locating information using the hypertext of the World Wide Web
  • Navigation system, a system, usually electronic, that aids in navigation
  • A man-made watercourse similar to a canal
  • Navigation (album), the 2005 debut album by the Irish band Radar
  • Navigation: The OMD B-Sides, a 2001 compilation album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Usage examples of "navigation".

The house having addressed the king for a particular and distinct account of the distribution of two hundred and fifty thousand pounds, charged to have been issued for securing the trade and navigation of the kingdom, and preserving and restoring the peace of Europe, he declined granting their request, but signified in general that part of the money had been issued and disbursed by his late majesty, and the remainder by himself, for carrying on the same necessary services, which required the greatest secrecy.

On the aft port corner wall, a door led to the navigation room, where the ESGN inertial navigation equipment was housed.

Murphy glanced aft of the periscope stand to the navigation chart, which showed their past track.

He was asking about the inertial navigation system that kept their position updated between fixes from the NAV SAT Linden leaned over the aft rail of the conn, over the chart table, and pointed with his finger to their estimated position.

By that time the warhead received its signal to detonate and the fuse flashed into incandescence, lighting off an intermediate explosive set in the center of the main explosive, which erupted into a white-hot segment that detonated the high-explosive cylinder of the unit in the nose cone aft of the seeker and navigation modules forward of the central processor.

The speech also informed the house that her majesty had ordered the return of her minister to the court of Persia, and announced that the differences which had arisen between Spain and Portugal about the execution of a treaty concluded by those powers in 1835, for regulating the navigation of the Douro had been amicably adjusted.

The Greek element is strong in the maritime towns, and displays its natural aptitude for navigation and commerce.

Place a rather picturesque view of the Aube, the navigation of which begins at the bridge.

But Jordan and other engineers at Stanford believed that the device might have a few practical applications and before long it became clear how stunningly correct they were - the audion was the first electronic vacuum tube, and its descendants ultimately made possible radio, television, radar, medical monitors, navigation systems and computers themselves.

Some kind of navigation system, Auger guessed, representing their flight through the hyperweb.

The Carbon Goose avionics had an excellent inertial navigation system, but it was hardly designed with this kind of stunt in mind.

Let the fliers watch fuel economy and not botch their navigation, and there would be no splashes.

With Calamy and Williamson, that makes six of the little beasts, and although I can teach them navigation when things are quiet and beat them whenever they need it, it seems a poor shabby thing to send them out into the world without a notion of history or French or hic haec hoc.

It was the cosmographer, Bartolomeo de Lasso, chief of the navigation in Spain, who had sent them to Plancius.

Unlike the others, however, it has cut a deal with the Cosmonaut Families of Mingulay to get in on the ground floor of any new trading patterns that their independent navigation may establish.