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astronavigation

Syllabification: as·tro·nav·i·ga·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌastrōˌnavəˈɡāSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of astronavigation in English:

noun

Determination of the position and course of an aircraft or a spacecraft by means of observation of the stars.
Example sentences
  • This included training in rigging and astronavigation and sextant usage.
  • The cardinal principle of astronavigation is to keep far away from gravitational maelstroms.
  • However, despite taking the astronavigation exam on numerous occasions, Mr R has had no success with this approach.

Origin

mid 20th century: from astro- + navigation.

Derivatives

astronavigator

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈnaviˌɡātər/
noun
Example sentences
  • Its system of moons gives this world a beautiful sky and astronavigators a headache.
  • The astronavigator normally sits at the desk behind the pilot and co-pilot stations.
  • We were taken up to Canada and I trained as an astronavigator, and then they turned around and said, ‘Right, you're going back to Australia’.

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