Definition of navigation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnavəˈɡāSH(ə)n/


1The process or activity of accurately ascertaining one’s position and planning and following a route.
Example sentences
  • Its flight control, navigation and vehicle management are independent and based on a mission plan.
  • Phoenix will be used as a demonstrator for the autonomous navigation and flight-control system used for the final approach and landing of the unmanned vehicle.
  • While on the route, the aircraft practice visual low-level navigation, simulated threat reactions and simulated target attacks.
2The passage of ships: bridges to span rivers without hindering navigation
More example sentences
  • Rivers were open to ship navigation at that time.
  • The emphasis is on railway transport, river navigation receiving less attention.
  • As we have seen, however, the practical exercise of a right to arrest ships in passage poses serious dangers to navigation, and it is rarely used as a means of enforcing anti-pollution regulations.


Early 16th century (denoting the action of traveling on water): from French, or from Latin navigatio(n-), from the verb navigare (see navigate).

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Syllabification: nav·i·ga·tion

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