Definition of navigation in English:

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Pronunciation: /navɪˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The process or activity of accurately ascertaining one’s position and planning and following a route: Columbus corrected his westward course by celestial navigation
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  • 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.
helmsmanship, steersmanship, seamanship, map-reading, chart-reading
2The passage of ships: transporter bridges to span rivers without hindering navigation
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  • 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.
2.1 [count noun] chiefly dialect A navigable inland waterway, especially a canal: most of the navigation from Wormley to Tottenham was frozen
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  • He will then embark on a walking history of the town, providing a talk on The Grand Canal and Barrow navigation.
  • Upper Lough Erne is connected by canal to the Shannon navigation system, the largest navigable inland waterway in Europe.
  • The navigation joins the river at Athy, a picturesque town with old warehouses lining the harbour.
3 Computing The action of moving around a website, the Internet, etc.
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  • Locate the information you need more quickly and easily using the new intuitive tab navigation on each Web page.
  • A built-in joystick is intended to support gaming and simplify web site navigation.
  • Some users will also need help with Web site navigation skills, including how to find the site online.


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

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