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tacan Syllabification: tac·an
Pronunciation: /ˈtakən/

Definition of tacan in English:


An electronic ultrahigh-frequency navigational aid system for aircraft that measures bearing and distance from a ground beacon.
Example sentences
  • As luck would have it, my tacan quit working.
  • Everyone in the package seemed to be in place as I watched the air-to-air tacan steady to the briefed range.
  • I turned on my TACAN and dialed the frequency of the ship.


1950s: from tac(tical) a(ir) n(avigation).

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