Definition of navigable in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈnavɪɡəb(ə)l/


1(Of a waterway or sea) able to be sailed on by ships or boats: a navigable channel many of the rivers ceased to be navigable
More example sentences
  • These are the two main navigable waterways leading to ports in Iraq.
  • France alone has almost 4,200 miles of navigable waterways.
  • The Atlantic facade offers warm, mostly navigable seas, a complex, mineral-rich geology, and spectacular biodiversity.
passable, negotiable, traversable, able to be sailed/travelled on, crossable;
clear, open, free from obstruction, unobstructed, unblocked
1.1(Of a track or road) suitable for vehicles: a good cart track, navigable by cars
More example sentences
  • Although heavily pitted and badly repaired, the motorway was still navigable.
  • Haven't we all, at some time, had to face the near trauma of parking aside for hours waiting for flooded roads to become navigable?
  • The tarmac then gives way to a stony track which is navigable by most pushchairs, assisted wheelchair users and powerchairs.
1.2 Computing (Of a website) easy to move around in.
Example sentences
  • The easily navigable Website organizes its archive into four parts, running chronologically from pre-publication to response.
  • Many of our informants emphasized how important it is to have an easily navigable Web site.
  • The short films, no longer an endangered species, are archived on an easily navigable Web site.



Pronunciation: /navɪɡəˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • However, this bridge was the limit of navigability of the river, which is why it is the furthest upstream that you find the remnants of docks.
  • India cites fishing activity in the creek as evidence of its navigability.
  • Water depth has no bearing on statutory navigability.


Early 16th century: from French navigable or Latin navigabilis, from the verb navigare 'to sail' (see navigate).

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.